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The third of four buildings under the $4.6 million Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project opened this past summer in Japan.

Oranda Jima House, an after school care and community centre, is a 194 m2building featuring playrooms, a music room with sound proof walls, a courtyard, quiet space and counseling rooms, as well as a playground and multi-purpose kitchen and deck. As with all of the buildings completed under the joint B.C.-federal government-industry initiative, Oranda Jima House features the use of B.C. wood products, including structural lumber, panels, decking, siding and wood finishing materials. Contributions from the B.C. industry include Canada Tsuga posts, sill plates and Mabashira studs, Douglas-fir beams, SPF roof rafters, OSB structural panels and western red cedar decking, siding and panel products.

In 2013, the first two Canada Tohoku projects, the Donguri Anne Public Library and the Yuriage public market, opened. The fourth and final project, the Jericho Support Centre for the Disabled, is expected to be completed in early 2015. All of the projects provide essential public services to local residents, serve as a showcase for B.C. wood products and applications, and reinforce the close social and economic ties between Japan and B.C