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Hokkaido 2×4 Builder Recovering Well from Typhoon Related Flood Damages

Shawn Lawlor

By Shawn Lawlor

Managing Director, Canada Wood Japan

January 27, 2017

On January 12th Canada Wood visited with the Tokachi 2×4 Association and longtime 2×4 builder Mr. Masahiro Sotohiro of Sotohiro Kensetsu in Obihiro, Hokkaido. The region is known to have the highest market share of 2×4 housing in Japan and Mr. Sotohiro has been instrumental in promoting 2×4 construction.

But at the end of August the area was hit with the worst typhoon in a generation. The resulting flash flooding washed away many bridges and buildings in the area and unfortunately Mr. Sotohiro’s office was swept away down river. Shortly thereafter, our office sent a card of encouragement (photo centre) and offered our support.

We visited in January to see how the company is making along with recovery work and we were amazed by the progress. Mr. Sotohiro and his son Masanori are nearly finished in clearing the nearby flood damage and rebuilding their office. Their new office will be ready in February and meanwhile they are keeping active in building. Mr. Sotohiro’s son apprenticed in construction in Burnaby, B.C. and is following his father’s footsteps in 2×4 construction well. He is pictured with his new bride in the photo and the couple are expecting shortly. We congratulate the family in getting back on their feet so quickly and wish them all the best in the future!