COFI’s Technical Manager Receives MLIT Award
Hidehiko Fumoto of the BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) was honoured on October 12 with the Housing Bureau Director General Award from Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for contributions to the Japanese housing industry. Fumoto received the award in recognition of his significant contributions in technical collaborations between Japan and Canada on 2×4 constructions. For the last 24 years he has worked with Japanese government housing agencies, building code and product standard authorities as well as Japanese home builders and engineers in promoting Canadian style frame housing. Fumoto played a key role in building the “2×4” building industries growth in Japan making the most use of Canadian wooden building technologies.