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Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
On July 10th the LDP government obtained a full 2/3 majority in the Upper House elections. The LDP also maintains a majority in the Lower House and are now find themselves in an even more powerful position to push… more

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Japan Economy & Housing Starts

Japan Economic Update
Following the surprise results of the Brexit vote in favour of Britain’s secession from Europe, global currency markets underwent a sharp round of volatility in June. The Japanese yen strengthening dramatically as… more

MLIT Releases CLT Design Guide Draft

February 8th of this year, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) released a draft for CLT design stresses, structural design guide and char margin for fire safety.  After MAFF*1 established the CLT material… more

Esprit Kagoshima

Earth Work Architectural firm has designed another spectacular wooden elderly care facility in Kyushu. This one is named Esprit Kagoshima and again with help of Maki Mokuzai this senior’s facility was built without a hitch and is up and… more

2×4 Fireproof Structures in 2015

There were 285 platform frame construction (PFC) fireproof building approvals processed in fiscal 2015 by the Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association for a combined total floor area of 79,475 m², an increase of 4% compared to the previous… more

SPF Reunion

A little while back, I made a trip with my wife to her hometown and unannounced to me I did not think this would turn into an SPF reunion. The long weekend getaway was just supposed to be forgetting about work and spent sharing meals and… more

All 2-Hour Fire Tests Completed with Success

COFI and the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association have worked together to conduct a series of 2-hour fire tests for the PFC assemblies since the last fiscal year.  The partition walls and floor assemblies passed the test in May and… more

P&B Sector Adopting Midply Wall System

As a Canada Wood technical project, we have been working closely with 2×4 industry on Midply Wall System since 2010.  From this fiscal 2016, the post and beam building industry started to seek the possibility to apply this Canadian… more

Japan Economy, Housing and Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
The Japanese yen surged unexpectedly in April moving from 112yen to 106yen to the US dollar within a month to its strongest level in 18 months. Economic analysts are raising concerns that the strengthening yen is a… more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update: Land Values on the Rise Again thanks to Boom in Tourism
In its annual survey of 25,000 locations across the nation, MLIT recently reported that Japan’s commercial and residential real estate posted the first… more

Largest PFC Building towards Completion

The Hanahata Asuka-En, known as the largest PFC building in Japan, is now in the final stages of on exterior and interior finishing work. The grand opening for this facility is scheduled for June.
When completed, this building will be an… more

Three Little Pigs 2X4 Episodes

COFI Japan has started a new PR initiative to promote 2×4 housing in Japan. To do so we’ve recently produce three YouTube 2×4 prommercials. A prommercial being an amalgamation of a TV like commercial and promotional video,… more

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Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

The year of the monkey brings with it a string of troubling news for the Japanese economy. GDP shrank an annualized 1.4% in the final three months of 2015. The causes were multiple. Household spending fell 4.4 December for the 4th… more