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

Top 10 Popular Stations for Foreigners Buying Property in Tokyo

Tokyo is the most popular search, by city, among people searching for properties for sale on Real Estate Japan. Last month, nine of the Top 10 most popular stations were located in Tokyo, with the hot springs resort town of... More

Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village to be Reborn as High-Rise Apartments, Will Go on Sale in Spring of 2019

The buildings that will be used to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympic athletes village will be renovated after the Olympic and Paralympic games and sold as condominiums to the general public, with sales to start in May 2019. This is... More

Managing an investment property in Japan

Before you rent out your investment property in Japan, these are the necessary steps

By David Imme, Tokyu Housing Lease In this article we take a look at the necessary preparations before you can rent out your investment property. Most of these steps require a knowledge of the Japanese language, and in general, trying to manage... More

Buying Property in Japan as a Foreigner

Can you afford to buy a home in Japan? And should you versus renting?

Home affordability has decreased for the average income earner in Japan for the last several years. This is based on data recently released by Tokyo Kantei’s annual home affordability survey. If you are thinking about buying a home in Japan,... More

What can you buy in the Greater Tokyo Region for $225,000 or Less?

In this installment of the “what can you buy” series, we feature properties currently available in the greater Tokyo region for $250,000 or much less. In 2017, the average listing price for a 70-sqm re-sale condominium in the Tokyo 23... More

AirBnb-Style Private Home Rental in Japan

What are the most popular Airbnb-Style private home rental destinations in Japan?

The Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) recently released the first set of stats on private home rental accommodations, known as minapku (民泊), since their nationwide legalization on June 15th, providing a first look at the most popular destinations, which nationalities are most represented... More