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New research to promote wood mid-rise

To facilitate implementation of the Act for Promotion of Use of Wood in Public Buildings, Japan’s Building Research Institute (BRI) is undertaking a major 3 year research project on Medium and Large Scale Wooden Buildings. This… more

Japan Economic Update

Recovery Continues, but Headwinds Persist
Japan’s Real GDP grew at an annualized rate of 6.0% between July and September thanks to a rebound in auto-sector manufacturing and exports, modest growth in consumer spending and post-quake… more

Japan SPF Shipments

Despite the impacts of the March 11th earthquake and subsequent swings in housing market activity, 2011 SPF shipments have remained remarkably stable, albeit tracking last year’s exports at a marginally slower rate. By volume, SPF… more

Japan Housing Construction

Housing Posts Strong Gains in July & August, but Cools in September
Overall Japan’s housing market registered positive gains in the third quarter; however growth was concentrated in July and August. Overall housing starts increased… more

BC Mission to Japan

Between November 9th and 14th a mission of 25 forest industry executives was led to Japan by British Columbia’s Minister of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations, the Honourable Minister Steve Thomson.  In Tokyo, Mission… more

Japan WHA manual to include SPF

Japan’s leading industry association representing the post and beam sector, the Wooden Home Association (WHA), is now in the process of drafting a structural design guideline for wooden post & beam houses.  In a chapter dealing with… more

Western Larch gains acceptance

As part of the current revision work to the JAS glulam standard, it was proposed to the JAS technical committee that Western Larch be included as an acceptable lamina species.  The JAS technical committee concluded that Western Larch is… more

Dimension Lumber in Post & Beam

The implementation of the “Act for Promotion of Use of Wood in Public Buildings”, also known as Japan’s Wood First Act, brings with it technical challenges to the wooden building industry.  Among the key issues, achieving open… more

CLT Introduced in Japan

On September 26th, a technical seminar on Cross Laminated Timber was held at the Canadian Embassy.  This event was sponsored by FPAC in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy and Canada Wood Tokyo.  As the timing coincided with several… more

Largest 3-storey opens doors

A new large wooden elderly care project, the Kazami-dori Nursing Home officially opened its doors on November 15th. The project is located in TadotsuTownship,KagawaPrefecture in Shikoku Japan. It is a three-storey elderly care facility… more

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Record Number of Elderly Care Projects

The Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association reported that for the fiscal year 2010, 18 fireproof project applications were received to construct elderly care facilities in Japan compared to 7 for the previous period, largely due to COFI’s… more

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Japan Market Update

Residential Housing Market
Japan’s housing industry appears to making a comeback, posting strong gains for the second consecutive month. Housing starts in August were up 14% to finish at 81,986. Wood frame starts totalled 46,901, an… more

Japan Faces an Uncertain Future

I returned this week from several days in Tokyo.  My previous trip was traumatic having been swept up in the March 11th quake and tsunami disaster.  The impressive stoicism and resilience of Japanese society is still very much in… more

Record Number of Elderly Care Projects

18 2×4 Fireproof Approvals for Japan

The Japan 2×4 Home Builder Association reported that for the fiscal year 2010, 18 fireproof project applications were received to construct elderly care facilities in Japan compared to 7 for… more

Lobbying Pays Off

COFI Lobbying Efforts Lead to MLIT Specifying non-JAS Graded (Imported Lumber) in the Japanese Wood First Act Design Standard
Since the establishment of “Act to Promote Wood Use in Public Buildings” (Japanese Wood First Act) in May… more

Japan Market Update

Great Eastern Japan Earthquake Hammers Japan Economy Near Term, Brighter Days Ahead

Following the devastating earthquake and Tsunami of March 11th and the collateral damage to the Fukushima nuclear reactors, Japan’s GDP fell 0.9% for… more

Life in Tokyo

Birthday Suit & Earthquake Don’t Mix
We just got hit by yet another fairly strong quake early this morning.   It must have been just after 7:00 am.  I had just gotten in the shower and turned on the water.  It started with small… more