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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

Four Fireproof Elderly Care Applications

The Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association reports accepting fireproof applications for four large elderly care facilities in July. These four platform frame construction projects are on the books to be constructed this fiscal year in… more

Wasshoi! Community Spirit & Summer Insanity in Japan

August marks the arrival of Matsuri or festivals in communities all across Japan. Just as thermometers surge into the to high 30s and the omnipresent cicadas stage a month long symphony of high pitched hissing, Japan gears up to party with… more

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Japan Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update: Abenomics Stall  
Japan’s economy hit the brakes in the April to June quarter, with annualized GDP posting a 1.6% contraction. Consumer spending dropped 3.1% over the same period as real wages are failing to keep… more

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Japan Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update
Japan’s economy continues along the path of recovery as the Nikkei 225 Index rose to 20,868 – the highest level in 18 years in June. The government improved its assessment of the economy as “picking up”,… more

Canadian Lumber School Symposium Launched

Canada Wood held a “Canadian Lumber School Symposium” at the Canadian Embassy on June 24th. The event was developed as an educational tool for younger to mid-level management in trading companies, forest products distributors and end… more

Greybook Publisher Endorses COFI’s Design Manual

Popularly known as HOWTEC, The Japan Housing and Wood Technology Centre, recently gave COFI an endorsement to the structural design manual for dimension lumber in P&B horizontal diaphragms.  HOWTEC publishes the “Greybook” that… more