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Number of Passengers on Tokyo Private Railways Hits All Time High in 2018: Here’s How You Can Get a Guaranteed Seat on Your Commute

The number of passengers on the nine major private railways in the Tokyo metropolitan area reached an all time high in 2018, hitting 8 billion people, representing three consecutive years of record increases. Robust economic growth in the last few... More

Word of the Day - January 12, 2019

Futsu Keiyaku – 普通契約 – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

FUTSU KEIYAKU 普通契約 English definition: Regular lease. In Japan, the standard lease for a rental apartment has a two-year lease term. At the end of each lease term, the tenant has the right to renew a regular lease for another... More

Word of the Day - January 11, 2019

Jyou – 畳 – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

Jyou 畳, たたみ or じょう English definition: 1. Tatami 2. Counter for tatami mats, when this kanji is preceded by a number it is read “jyou”. For example 六畳 or 6畳 (read “roku jyou”) describes a 6-tatami mat-sized Japanese-style room.... More

Word of the Day - January 10, 2019

Auto Lock – オートロック – Real Estate Japan’s Word-of-the-Day

Auto Lock オートロック English definition: An auto lock in an apartment building is an electronic lock usually equipped with an intercom and/or viewing monitor that allows you to buzz visitors from the entrance lobby to the part of the lobby... 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

Word of the day - January 8, 2019

Kasai Hoken – 火災保険 – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

KASAI HOKEN 火災保険, かさいほけん English definition: Fire insurance Real Estate Japan‘s word of the day for January 8, 2019 Good to know The kanji 火災 is read kasai and means “fire”. The kanji 保険 is read hoken and means “insurance”. When you rent... More

Word of the day - January 7, 2019

KANRIHI – 管理費 – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

KANRI-HI: Building Maintenance Fee 管理費, かんりひ English definition: (Building) maintenance fee, common area maintenance fee Real Estate Japan‘s word-of-the-day for January 7, 2019 Good to know Kanri-hi is a fee you pay, on top of your monthly rent, to pay... More