On September 20, 2018, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) invited public comments on a draft amendment to the notification concerning cross laminate timber (CLT) design values. The current CLT design value was derived from the strength value of Japanese cedar (sugi). The amendment includes the strength value of species from other categories, including Douglas-fir, Western hemlock and Southern yellow pine. The proposed amendment enables more accurate design value calculations for CLT made from these species. MLIT invites public comments on the draft amendment by October 19, 2018.