Canadian initiative rebuilds landmarks and hope after Japanese tsunami
Japanese communities devastated by the 2011 tsunami to benefit from a
new library and public market gifted by Canadian wood sector
VANCOUVER, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ – A Japanese community, devastated by the
tsunami of March 2011, is welcoming a brand new public market, thanks
to donations from the Canadian lumber industry and its partners.
Officially opening on May 4(th) 2013, the Yuriage Public Market, is a result of the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project, established
after the devastating Great Eastern Japan earthquake and subsequent
tsunami that ravaged huge areas in the north-east of the country.
“It wasn’t just homes destroyed in the earthquake and tsunami here in
Japan,” says Shawn Lawlor, from Canada Wood Group. “Community centres,
care facilities, kindergartens; they were all washed away. Those places
are the lifeblood of any community and I’m delighted that Canada is
playing such an important role in helping to rebuild the Tohoku region
The Canada Wood Group, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and
the Province of British Columbia, are spearheading projects using
Canadian wood in the construction of several major community buildings;
the first, the Donguri Anne Public Library in Natori was unveiled earlier this year. That building is a hybrid heavy timber
post and beam structure that uses a wide variety of Canadian forest
products such as Coastal Hem Fir, Western Red Cedar and Maple flooring.
“Our government is pleased to contribute to the reconstruction of Natori
City – a community that was so severely impacted by the earthquake and
tsunami in March 2011,” said Minister Oliver. “The reconstruction
efforts in Natori will serve as an enduring symbol of friendship
between Canada and Japan.”
Canada and Japan share important and strong economic, cultural, historic
ties and Japan is a long time export customer for the Canadian lumber
industry. In 2011 when Japan needed help, Canada was only too happy to
offer a hand. The Canadian forestry sector saw they could help in the
rebuilding effort – providing an essential natural resource abundant in
Canada, was one key way in which to reach a branch across the Pacific
to our neighbours to the west.
In the aftermath of the tsunami, international media reported: “Yuriage
was wiped from the map.” Natori suffered the worst per capita loss of
life. These two projects mean their inhabitants now have places to go
to interact, to live their lives, to take their children and to
experience normalcy again.
About the Canada Wood Group
The Canada Wood Group, a consortium of industry associations, is
providing technical support and expertise in wood-frame construction to
Japanese officials as part of the reconstruction project. Canada Wood
Group is also active elsewhere in Asia and supported rebuilding efforts
in Sichuan in the aftermath of the 2008 earthquake.
About the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project
The Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project is a $4.8-million commitment to
help rebuild public facilities using Canadian wood products and
advanced wood technologies.
The Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project, in addition to demonstrating
Canada’s goodwill as part of a larger humanitarian effort, also
demonstrates Canada’s commitment to Japan as an important trading
partner that has provided decades of benefits for Canadian companies,
forest communities and workers.
The Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project is able to operate thanks to
the invaluable support of stakeholders, partners and contributors who
include: Canada Wood Group, Government of Canada – Natural Resources Canada,
Province of British Columbia, Province of Alberta and Canadian forestry
companies including: Ainsworth Engineered; Ardew Wood Products Ltd.; AP
Group; Canadian Forest Products Ltd.; Hampton Affiliates; International
Forest Products Ltd.; Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd.; Taiga
Building Products; Teal Jones Group; TimberWest Forest Corp.; Western
Forest Products Inc.; and Interex Forest Products Ltd. representing
Carrier Lumber Ltd., Dunkley Lumber Ltd., Millar Western Forest
Industries Ltd. and Sundance Forest Industries Ltd.
SOURCE Canada Wood Group