The Building Center of Japan (BCJ) was established in 1965. Since then it has been gathering information from overseas while disseminating information about Japan. It has also worked to build cooperative relationships with building-related organizations in other countries.
The BCJ is contributing at the international level to the advancement of building construction activities and to the improvement of building quality. It is doing this by carrying out technical assessments of foreign made building products to facilitate the distribution of building materials, by disseminating information about building-related systems in Japan, and by gathering information about overseas building regulations, certification systems, and other related matters. The BCJ is also involved in the activities of international organizations in the area of building technology assessments, and works with overseas technical assessment organizations to promote cooperation toward to the mutual recognition. In addition, the BCJ works with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and with other agencies, to give help to developing countries, especially through the provision of building technology and of knowledge needed to ensure building safety and to improve living environments.
The future is expected to bring further internationalization of building activities and of markets for building materials. The BCJ will be increasing its efforts to develop the international dimension of its services related to building quality, including building technology assessments.