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The Japan Real Estate Loan Scandal Grows: How Many Mini-Suruga Banks Are Out There?

By Jeff Wynkoop Following the recent Suruga Bank scandal, another Japanese financial institution is suspected of giving out bogus real estate loans to meet internal sales goals. On Oct. 31st, the Financial Services Agency (FSA) announced that it was going... More

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Suruga Bank to be Ordered to Suspend Real Estate Lending Operations

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (the “FSA”) has decided that in connection with Suruga Bank’s illicit share house financing scandal, it will issue an order to cease part of the business operations of the bank by the end of this week.... More

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The Next Chapter in the Suruga Bank Forgery Scandal

By Jeff Wynkoop The Suruga Bank share house forgery scandal is entering a new chapter. A second share house operator and client of Suruga Bank called “Golden Gain”(ゴールデンゲイン)applied for bankruptcy protection on May 23rd. This follows the April 2018 bankruptcy... More

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Residential Apartment Building Investment and Private Consultations with Suruga Bank

Learn about the value and profits from investing in residential apartment buildings.

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Residential Apartment Building Investment and Private Consultations with Suruga Bank

Learn about the value and profits from investing in residential apartment buildings.

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Government to Slap TATERU with Order to Cease Operations for Falsifying Mortgage Loan Docs

TATERU, the construction and property management company listed on the first board of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, is to be issued an order to cease operations by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, in connection with TATERU’s falsifying... More

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How to Apply for Permanent Residency & Long-Term Visas in Japan: Including Highly-Skilled & Investor/Business Manager Visas

The latest installment in our popular series of seminars for foreigners who are interested in learning about the benefits of getting permanent residency (PR) or a long-term visa in Japan, including the Highly-Skilled Professional and Investor/Business Manager visas. Doors open at 6:45PM. The seminar will be held from 7PM to 8PM.

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How to Apply for Permanent Residency in Japan and How it Can Help You Reach Your Home Ownership and Real Estate Investment Goals

Learn about the benefits of getting permanent residency (PR) in Japan and how this status can significantly improve the financing conditions for getting a home or real estate investment loan. Doors open at 6:45PM. The seminar will be held from 7PM to 8PM.

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How to Apply for Permanent Residency in Japan and How it Can Help You Reach Your Home Ownership and Real Estate Investment Goals

=========== Update: Please note that this seminar is fully booked. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. We plan to hold a seminar on this topic in May. Please check the main seminar page for the date... More

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How to Apply for Permanent Residency in Japan and How it Can Help You Reach Your Home Ownership and Real Estate Investment Goals

A brand new series of seminars for foreigners interested in learning about how to get permanent residency status. And how this can improve your eligibility and financing terms for property loans in Japan. Doors open at 6:45PM. The seminar will be held from 7PM to 8PM.

Seminars

How to Apply for Permanent Residency in Japan and How it Can Help You Reach Your Home Ownership and Real Estate Investment Goals

A brand new series of seminars for foreigners interested in learning about how to get Permanent Residency status. And how this can improve your eligibility and financing terms for property loans in Japan. Doors open at 10:45AM. The seminar will be held from 11AM to noon.

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Financial Services Agency Opens New Investigation into Illicit Real Estate Lending

Following the Suruga Bank scandal, there is a new financial institution being investigated for making fraudulent real estate loans in a Suruga Bank-type investment scheme. On Oct. 31st, the Financial Services Agency (FSA) announced that it was going to carry... More

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Tampering with Customer Loan Documents Rampant at Tokyo Real Estate Company Tateru Inc.

An independent special audit committee established by TATERU Inc., a Tokyo-based real estate company listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) has found that 31 of the company’s employees were involved in 350 cases of tampering... More

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Why Banks in Japan May Be Making it More Difficult to Get Real Estate Investment Loans

In continuing fallout from the Suruga Bank document forging scandal, Japanese regional banks, which currently do the majority of financing for individuals investing in condominiums have indicated that they will be pulling back from extending these types of loans. This... More

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What is it like to study at Meiji University? Interview with a Current Student

In this article, we interview Kohei Nagaoka, an undergraduate student at Meiji University‘s School of Commerce, about what academic and extracurricular life is like there. This is the first post in a new series introducing Japanese universities to prospective international... More

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Tokyo Real Estate Company TATERU Inc. Admits to Tampering with Customer Loan Docs

December 28, 2018 Update: There is an updated version of this article with the results of the independent audit committee’s findings on the TATERU apartment investment loan document forging case. In the wake of the Suruga Bank scandal, TATERU Inc.,... More

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Getting a Home Loan in Japan as a Foreigner

By Jeff Wynkoop Financing is available for foreigners buying property in Japan, depending on your residence status, income, and work history. Below is an overview of the visa status and work requirements needed to apply for a property loan, which... More

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Buying a Home: What can you buy for $250,000 in Tokyo?

With home mortgage rates in Japan at a historic low, there has been a surge of interest among first-time home buyers in Japan. Whether you are a long-term resident of Japan who has decided that it’s finally time to buy... More

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Investing in Residential Apartment Buildings in Japan

Real Estate Japan recently spoke with Hotaru Fujimoto of Premium Value Bank (PVB) to ask her about the basics of investing in residential apartment buildings in Japan. If you are looking to diversity your portfolio and/or are looking for a... More

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Basic Requirements for Getting a Mortgage as a Foreigner in Japan

In a previous post, we pointed out that it used to be almost impossible to get a mortgage as a foreigner, but in recent years some Japanese banks will lend to foreign nationals with permanent residency (PR) status. In fact,... More