AirBnB in Japan

AirbnB in Japan Close to Full Legalization: Details of Draft Law

By Jeff Wynkoop The Japanese cabinet has just cleared the way for full legalization of Airbnb-style (minpaku, 民泊) private-stay accomodations in Japan. Implementation in 2018 On March 10th, the Japanese Cabinet agreed to the contents of the draft law to... More

Tokyo’s Fastest Growing Areas in 2016 and Why People Are Moving There

For the 20th consecutive year Tokyo had more people living in or moving into the area than leaving. This is according to the results of the Basic Register of Residents (住民基本台帳 juumin kihon daichou) released by Japan’s Ministry of Internal... More

How Foreigners View the Japanese Real Estate Market: Ministry of Land Survey Results

In an effort to boost the Japanese real estate market, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has been focusing on increasing market transparency, especially with respect to the participation of non-Japanese in domestic real estate transactions. The... More

Property Management

What Happens When a Tenant is Delinquent With Rent in Japan?

By Erik Oskamp In general, Japanese renters pay their rent on time, but if they don’t pay, it can be difficult to collect. As a landlord, what are your options? Legal Procedures When a renter stops paying their rent, nominally,... More

AirBnB in Japan

Operating an AirbnB-Style Vacation Rental in Japan

By Erik Oskamp It is now possible through Airbnb and other websites to rent out properties on a short-term basis, mostly to tourists. In the last two years, thousands of people in Tokyo and other major cities have listed their... More

User Survey

My Ideal Apartment in Japan: User Survey

The purpose of this survey is to get your opinion on your ideal living situation in Japan, specifically with respect to the location, features and amenities that you would like to have in a Japanese apartment. We would like to... More

Market Trends

Sales of Pre-Owned Condos in Tokyo Top New Condo Sales for First Time

By Jeff Wynkoop In 2016 sales of pre-owned condos exceeded sales of new condos in the Tokyo area for the first time since records on both have been available (from 1996). Sales of pre-owned condos were up on a year-to-year... More