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Japan Economy, Housing Starts & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
Japan’s third quarter GDP beat expectations by registering a 2.2% increase on an annualized basis. So far this year Japan’s GDP expanded 0.5% between January and March and 0.2% April to June. Although consumer… more

Seijukai Elderly Home Momoshiro

Last year, May 2015, Kyowa Corporation, a construction company based in Aichi prefecture, sponsored a senior’s workshop on designing and constructing elderly care facilities in platform frame construction with the cooperation of the… more

Lodging and Accommodation Tour Mission

COFI hosted a group of 23 building industry professionals from Japan on a 7 day tour mission from October 2 – 8. This year’s mission focussed on North America’s rapidly developing and lucrative wood “Lodging and Multi-Family”… more

Midply Use Adopted in Second High Profile Midrise Project

In 2010, MLIT implemented an awards program “Innovative Sustainability Award”, for large scale projects promoting substantial wood use, leading to an effective measure of CO2 sequestration. The first building to win the MLIT Innovative… more

Platform Frame Midrise Gaining Momentum in Tokyo Market

In early October, Canada Wood visited the Rakuwa 4 storey elderly care facility under construction in Tokyo’s central Bunkyo Ward. The project’s basement and first floor are constructed of reinforced concrete with floors 2, 3 and 4… more

Communities Making Good Use of Reconstruction Projects

On October 5th, Natural Resource Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister, Glenn Mason and Canada Wood Japan’s, Shawn Lawlor, visited the Jericho Support Centre reconstruction project in Iwaki City, Fukushima to see how the community was… more

Japan Economy, Housing Starts & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update

On the surface, with 1.37 jobs available for every worker and an unemployment rate of 3.1%, Japan’s labour market is in a relatively sweet spot globally. But the growth of temporary non-regular employment since the… more

COFI Updates JAS ROCB Status under ISO/IEC 17065

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) issued the certificate of renewal of Registered Overseas Certifying Organization (ROCB) status to COFI dated July 29th.  The ROCBs can certify mills that manufacture products… more

Lumbertec – 25 Years On & Going Strong

On August 23rd, Mr. Kazuhiro Saito, Owner and President of Lumbertec Co., Ltd., graciously hosted and personal led a factory tour of his highly automated 2×4 component and truss fabrication plant located in Ibaraki Prefecture. The… more

Cool Japan’s Hot Market

As Japan Tourism Agency prepares to gear up its tourism promotion of “Cool Japan” with its slogan of a country with “Endless Discoveries”, trying to entice even more, and wealthy visitors from abroad with a proposed war chest of… more

Japan Economy, Construction and Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
Following the United Kingdom’s surprise Brexit vote results, the Japanese yen has continued to strengthen dramatically as international investors hedge their bets in yen as a safe haven currency. Over the last 6… more

The Times They Are A-changin

It is great to see other non-wood related industries picking up on the wood building theme. In the not so recent past, except for wood related ones, most major related magazines in Japan very rarely reported on designing or building large… more

Is the Concrete Jungle Turning to Wood!?

A very large 2×4 wood structure, the second of its kind, is now being constructed in one of most populous cities in the world. And believe it or not, it will be right next door to Tokyo Dome, serving as the home stadium of the Yomiuri… more

Toyota WoodYou Home Invites COFI as Guest Speaker

Hidehiko Fumoto, Deputy Director of COFI/Canada Wood gave a 2-hour talk to the design division staff of Toyota WoodYou Home Co, Ltd. Tochigi Prefecture on July 7th, 2016.  The company holds monthly training sessions, where they invite… more

P&B Fire Resistive Buildings Growing Steadily

The Post & Beam sector in Japan is enjoying a steady increase in fire resistive building starts.  Japan Wooden Home Association (WHA) announced the latest statistics indicating the significant growth of the buildings with the fire… more