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Based on experiments and analytical verification conducted by the National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (abbreviated as NILIM), the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism carried out a trial design of a mid-sized government building using “CLT wing walls (NILIM-type)” that use CLT panels as part of the structural members in reinforced concrete buildings. In the trial design, structural calculations were performed using a commercially available integrated structural calculation program, and structural safety was confirmed by obtaining a structural rating from the Building Center of Japan, and the important points for consideration were recorded for use when referring to this trial design. As a result, the possible use of this method for public works orders was confirmed.

 


 

On October 12, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism announced the “Construction Investment Outlook in Fiscal 2022”. Construction investment in fiscal 2022 was forecasted to be 66.99 trillion yen (0.6% increase compared to the previous fiscal year). The breakdown is 22.53 trillion yen (3.7% decrease) for public sector investment and 44.46 trillion yen (2.9% increase) for private sector investment. Investment in housing construction is forecasted to be 16.31 trillion yen (1.0% decrease compared to the previous fiscal year). The breakdown is 340 billion yen (5.6% decrease) for public sector investment and 15.97 trillion yen (0.9% decrease) for private sector investment. Non-housing construction investment is expected to be 15.76 trillion yen ( 6.3% increase compared to the previous fiscal year). The breakdown is 3.85 trillion yen (3.8% decrease) for public sector investment and 11.91 trillion yen (10.1% increase) for private sector investment.Building extension and renovation investment is forecasted to be 11.33 trillion yen ( 0.4% increase compared to the previous fiscal year). 

 


 

In response to this recent increase in outdoor and DIY demand, IDOM Inc., which buys and sells automobiles, has developed a kit for mini-vans called “VAN DE Boom”, which can change the interior into camping car specifications without the use of complicated tools, and the company announced that advance sales began at its WOW!TOWN Makuhari Outlet. Up to now, camping cars have generally been purchased as a finished product or used as a rental car from the viewpoint of maintenance. On the other hand, recently, the interior of passenger cars has been arranged so that sleeping in the car is possible, and a new form of car camping has emerged, where traveling around hot springs and rest/service areas can be done easily.