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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

CLT Technical Committee Releases FY2014 Report

Since 2013, MLIT* has funded a technical project to establish a CLT structural design guide.  On behalf of Dr. J. D. Barrett, emeritus professor of UBC, COFI has participated in the technical committee meetings for the project.  The… more

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Japan Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Japan Economic Update: From Scandals to TPP
Two large financial scandals grabbed headlines in Tokyo over the past month. The first was the ballooning costs of Tokyo’s new stadium to be built for the 2020 Olympics. As costs jumped to 252… more

New Seniors Facilities Literature Released

A new piece of literature was developed for the Japanese market and released in July. This piece of literature, which is 36 pages and titled “Japanese Seniors Facilities – Living in Wood Buildings” was designed and printed by the… more

The Granddaddy

A uniquely designed and constructed wooden elderly care facility, Oyama-Cho Senior Care Complex, will soon be the Grand Poobah in terms of building size. The project is elderly care facility located about 100 km from Tokyo in Gotenba City,… more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Japan’s Economy Posting Moderate Recovery & Household Savings Top Record
Exceeding analyst expectations, the Japanese economy registered an annualized growth rate of 2.4% between January and March 2015. The positive news pushed the… more

Japan JAS Lumber Council Graders Tour to B.C.

Between May 18th and 24th COFI Tokyo’s Fumoto san led a group of seven Japanese quality control staff from Mitsui Home, Taihei Housing and Mitsubishi Estate on an educational mission to Canada. The group visited Mid-Rise construction… more

Beyond Residential Housing

Kyowa Corporation, a construction company based in Aichi prefecture, sponsored a senior’s workshop on designing and constructing elderly care facilities in platform frame construction in Nagoya on May 16th in hopes to expand its business… more