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PFC Noise Control Specialist Wins Ph.D

Tomohito Hirota, known as a PFC noise control specialist, is honoured with Ph.D. from Hokkai Gakuen University in Hokkaido.  From 2010 to 2011, he served as a chair of the editorial committee for making a PFC noise control handbook. … more

Korea Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

South Korean Economy
South Korea is now the world’s 6th-largest exporter in 2015 after China, the U.S., Germany, Japan and Netherlands, which is the highest ranking the country has ever reached.  South Korea’s trade rankings moved… more

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COFI Achieves the First MLIT 2 Hour Fire Rating

As previously reported, COFI has been conducting 2-hour fire testing for PFC structural assemblies as part of the Canada Wood FY2015 market access projects.  We are pleased to advise that in December MLIT issued 3 certificates approving… more

Midply Forum Attracts Builders and Designers

On December 16th, 2015, the Centre for Better Living, one of the MILT-designated performance evaluation bodies in Tsukuba City, held a “Midply Forum” where they conducted a seminar and shear wall test demonstration.  The turnout was… more

Japan Economy, Housing, Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update: Tourism Adding Spark to Japanese Economy
Although the Japanese economy continues along its course of tepid recovery, double digit growth in the tourism industry is providing a welcome boost. According to the Cabinet… more

New Digs for the Three Little Pigs

I am pleased to announce that the three little pigs have moved into a brand spanking new 2×4 home. Yes, they decided to pull up stakes and trade in their old and cold brick house in favour of a new warm, safe and comfortable 2×4… more

Wood Future

Now that the turkey has been carved and the tree put away as another Christmas has come and gone, what will this New Year be like!? Well it is hard to say right now with the recent turmoil in the world’s stock markets and it’s any ones… more

Small Builder Thinking BIG

I have reported some very large 2×4 projects being built in Japan over the years, but on a magnificent sunny day here in early October, I had the pleasure of meeting a small builder who is thinking quite BIG. The builder, Koki Kobo… more

Two, Three & now Four-storeys . . .

Two, three and now four-storeys… Mr. & Mrs. Yamada, the owner’s of Manten Social Welfare Corporation are on a roll and just keep going up… The married couple joined COFI’s Elderly Care Tour Mission to Canada in 2010, and now is… more

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Japan Economy, Housing Starts & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update:
Japan edged its way out of recession as annualized GDP rose to 1.0% in the three months ending in September, following a contraction of 0.5% in the previous quarter. The increase was attributable to an 11% rise in… more

Progressing Ahead with the 6-Storey 2×4 Demo Project

As reported this past May, the first 6-storey PFC building earned the MLIT* innovative wooden building award.  This building features Midply Wall System and was planned as a demonstration project in a Building Research Institute (BRI)… more

Can I Borrow Your 2×4 Home?

A new trend has started to take off in Japan called “home-sharing”. Accordingly to local media reports the number of Japanese homeowners lending/sharing their homes to others is on the rise. The government of Japan has placed a quite a… more

BEC/JTC Delegates Visit Midply Job Site

The Building Experts Committee (BEC) and JAS Technical Committee meetings are the Canada-US-Japan trilateral meetings held annually to discuss technical issues in the building codes and JAS accreditation/standard system.  The meetings… more

PUR Accepted as JAS CLT Adhesives

MAFF* established a new JAS standard for cross laminated timber in December 2013 and enacted it in January, 2014.  The only adhesives stipulated in the standard were resorcinol resins, resorcinol phenol resins and emulsion polymer… more

BEC/JTC Meetings Held in Tokyo

From 14th to 15th of September, the 26th Canada-US-Japan trilateral Building Experts Committee (BEC) and JAS Technical Committee (JTC) meetings were held in Tokyo.  Canadian secretariat was from NRCan, US from USDA, Japan from Building… more

Japan Economy, Housing Starts and Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update: Abenomics Part Two? 
In September the LDP re-elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as party head, effectively extending his mandate. Following the controversial passage of national security legislation, the Prime… more