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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

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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