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Wooden Hotels 101

COFI’s market development team partnered with HOTERES magazine, which services the hotel and restaurant industry in Japan, to sponsor and participate in a series of hotel management seminars. With these seminars, we introduced the… more

Workshop Proves Popular in Okinawa

On July 29th, Canada Wood Japan-based staff held a Canadian Structural Wood Products Technical Workshop in Naha with a new local customer, Edge Co., Ltd., to introduce and promote the platform frame construction method and Canadian… more

Natori City Commemorates Canadian Tsunami Relief Effort

In these challenging times of global pandemic and rising geopolitical tensions, it’s nice to come across a good news story that celebrates the friendship and bonds between nations. To wit, the Japanese Post Office has recently issued a… more

Japan Housing and Non-residential Starts for June 2020

June 2020 Japan Housing Starts
 
Recessionary pressures and the Covid 19 pandemic weighed heavily on construction activity. June total housing starts fell 12.7% year over year to finish at 71,101 units. Owner occupied housing declined… more

Expanding 2×4 into Large Hospital Buildings

With its environmentally friendly and economical design, the Muratakai Shonan Oba Hospital recently opened on July 1, 2020. The hospital is located 50 km southwest of Tokyo in Fujisawa City in Kanagawa Prefecture. It is one of the largest… more

Expanding 2×4 into Large Span Commercial Buildings

Two prominent wooden warehouses were recently designed and built by platform frame construction (total floor area for each building is approximately 1,400 m²) in an economical and environmentally friendly way in Fukushima Prefecture. The… more

Japan Corona Virus Update

By mid-May the Coronavirus outbreak is showing signs of receding in Japan. The number of new cases nationwide peaked at the 650 level in mid-April. By mid-May, Tokyo has consistently reported less than 10 new cases daily. The state of… more

The Aesthetic Appeal of Wooden 2×4

Manten Social Welfare Corporation builds another senior home using platform frame construction. This is the third 2×4 elderly care project the owners, Mr. & Mrs. Yamada, have built in Japan since participating in COFI/Canada Wood… more

NLT Technical Project Report Published

This past year COFI/Canada Wood Japan worked with the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association to facilitate the spread of large-scale wooden buildings using Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT) in horizontal diaphragms such as roof and floor… more

Japan Housing and Non-residential Starts: Jan&Feb 2020

January’s total housing starts dropped 10.1% to finish at 60,341 units for the seventh consecutive monthly decline. Owner-occupied housing declined 13.8%, and rental housing fell 2.5%. Wooden housing fell 11.2% to 33,849 units. Post… more

Nail Plate Truss Use Increasing in Post & Beam

In an encouraging trend, we have seen an increase in nail plate truss use in post and beam non-residential construction in Japan. On a recent trip to Hokkaido, Tokyo based staff had the opportunity to visit two post beam buildings with a… more

COFI Japan Renews JAS ROCB Status

Dated March 2nd, 2020, Canada Wood/COFI(Council of Forest Industries) Japan renewed our status as a Registered Overseas Certifying Body (ROCB) under the Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) accreditation system supervised by the Ministry… more

Corona Virus Japan Update

As of late March, Japan had a total of 1,905 cases of the Corona Virus – including 712 cases from the Diamond Princess cruise liner. The nation recorded 53 related deaths thus far. Currently, there are 15 clusters of patients nationwide:… more