Word of the Day - January 25, 2018

City Planning Law – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

City Planning Law 都市計画法, としけいかくほう English definition: This is the basic law that regulates zoning standards and sets forth a blueprint for the development of Urban Planning Areas (都市計画区域, としけいかくくいき) It’s important to have a general understanding of what the City... More

Word of the Day - January 23, 2019

Senyou Menseki – 専用面積 – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

Senyou Menseki 専用面積 English definition: Exclusive floor area In a condominium building, this is the floor area of the unit that is owned by each individual unit owner, specifically, the internal floor area of each dwelling unit. It’s important to... More

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