Canada Wood Today | The Canada Wood Group

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

No featured image

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

No featured image

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

No featured image

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