Buying a Home in Japan

What can you buy in Japan’s Small Towns for $100,000?

By popular request, in this installment of the “what can you buy” series we take a virtual tour around Japan to see what you can buy for $100,000 (¥11,000,000) or less. To put this price point in perspective, in 2018,... More

Word of the Day - January 15, 2019

Heibei – 平米 – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

Heibei 平米 English definition: A heibei is a unit of measurement equal to one square meter. In Japanese real estate the size of a property is often described in terms of heibei rather than square meters or square feet. One heibei =... More

Word of the Day - January 13, 2018

SRC or Tekkotsu Tekkin Konkurīto – 鉄骨鉄筋コンクリート – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

Tekkotsu Tekkin Konkurīto or SRC 鉄骨鉄筋コンクリート English definition: Steel Reinforced Concrete. This is considered the building material with the highest earthquake resistance. Often referred to in Japanese as “SRC”. SRC is concrete in which steel is embedded in such a... More

Word of the Day - January 9, 2019

Chiku-nen – 築年 – Real Estate Japan’s Word-of-the-day

CHIKU-NEN 築年, ちくねん English definition: Year built Real Estate Japan‘s word of the day for January 9, 2019 Good to know The Building Standards Law was amended in 1981 to introduce new standards for designing buildings for earthquake resistance. This... More

Vacant Homes in Japan

Akiya Bank Japan Vacant House Database to Now Include Govt Public Assets: Ministry of Land

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has announced that it will now make “for sale” and “for rent” public assets searchable online on the akiya (vacant house) websites currently operated by HOMES (Lifull) and AtHome. These public... More

Market Trend in 2019

Osaka and Kansai Condominium Market Forecast 2019: Plus Sales Prices for 2018

The Real Estate Economic Institute (REEI) has released its 2019 forecast for supply trends in the new condominium market for the Kansai region, which consists of the prefectures of Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyōgo and Shiga. Kansai Region Forecast For... More

What's Up in 2019

7 Trends & Events that Will Shape Japan and the Japanese Real Estate Market in 2019

Japan endured a tough 2018. The kanji chosen to represent the year was “disaster” (災), to underline the numerous natural disasters that struck the country. No one knows yet what 2019 will hold, but we believe that the following seven... More