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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

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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