As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, the Japanese government is scrambling to build temporary housing for all of the people left homeless by the triple disasters in the Tohoku region. The original information we received was that the plan was to build over 32,000 units by the end of May. I have now heard that this has been revised to 70,000 by the end of July. Even when the number was 32,000 units, many in the construction industry here said that it could not be all supplied locally as the government had hoped. With the revised numbers, I thought that it was certain that Japan would have to look at importing a large number of these units.
Today I received information that this in fact has become the case. The Federation of Housing and Community Centers backed by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) has just released a call for proposals for “Emergency Temporary Housing Using Imported Materials.” Applications are being accepted from today through April 25th so interested companies need to prepare their submissions quickly. Information on the application process can be found at the link below.
The BC Wood Japan Office will be happy to work with any members that would like to submit bids and work on these projects. Please contact me directly if you would like assistance or any additional information.