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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

Doggy’s Villa Hotel

Whoever said “it’s a dog’s life” has obviously not yet checked out this pooch palace. A new concept hotel has been recently built in Japan with various lodges designed and built out of platform frame construction (PFC)… more

Sunny Sunny Picnic Cafe

I suggest the next time you are in Tokyo to check out the Sunny Sunny Picnic Cafe. It is a cozy little place which is totally geared to rest and relaxation – mind, body, spirit and soul. One weekend, a friend and I stumbled upon it… more

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