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Housing Products


Japan Home & Building Show 2014 (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 January 2014 at a level of 77,843 units, a 12.3% increase compared to January 2013. Year on year starts of single-family and multi-family dwellings and row houses increased 4.1% to 35,976 units, 24.7% to 33,912 units, and 5.5% to 7,955 units, respectively. Year on year 2x4 and prefabricated housing starts increased by 6.6% to 8,700 units and 10.6% to 12,950 units, respectively. Seasonally adjusted housing starts on an annual basis decreased 6.4% to 987,384 units in January 2014, as compared to December 2013.

Total imports of building products to Japan for the twelve-month period from January to December 2013 increased 27.4% to 1,368.5 billion yen (about US$13.25 billion at 103.25 yen/US$), compared to 1,074.0 billion yen (about US$13.45 at 79.82 yen/US$) for the same period in 2012. Imports from the United States increased 39.2% to 100.6 billion yen (US$974.30 million) from January to December 2013, compared to 72.3 billion yen (US$905.28 million) in the same period in 2012.


Housing Starts in Japan – February 2014 (late April 2014)
Imports of Building Products to Japan – January 2014 (late April 2014)


Residential Building Products


Unit Chief: John Fleming
Residential Building Products: Kazuhisa Takabatake

Updated on April 1, 2014