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Living & Design Show 2014 in Osaka (October 15 – 17, 2014)
Japan Home & Building Show 2014 in Tokyo (November 12 - 14, 2014)


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Housing Starts and Imports of Building Products

The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) announced Japan's total housing starts for April 2014 at a level of 75,286 units, a 3.3% decrease compared to April 2013. Year on year starts of single-family dwellings decreased 10.6% to 35,151 units, while row houses and multi-family dwellings increased 4.3% to 8,433 units and 4.0% to 31,702 units, respectively. Year on year 2x4 housing starts decreased by 10.3% to 8,896 units, while prefabricated housing starts increased by 2.0% to 10,735 units. Seasonally adjusted housing starts on an annual basis increased 1.3% to 906,060 units in April 2014, as compared to March 2014.

Total imports of building products to Japan for the three-month period from January to March 2014 increased 24.7% to 366.6 billion yen (about US$3.59 billion at 102.00 yen/US$), compared to 294.1 billion yen (about US$3.01 billion at 97.60 yen/US$) for the same period in 2013. Imports from the United States increased 35.5% to 28.9 billion yen (US$283.34 million) from January to March 2014, compared to 21.3 billion yen (US$218.58 million) in the same period in 2013.


Housing Starts in Japan – May 2014 (late July 2014)
Imports of Building Products to Japan – April 2014 (late July 2014)


Residential Building Products


Unit Chief: John Fleming
Residential Building Products: Kazuhisa Takabatake

Updated on July 1, 2014