Word of the Day - January 29, 2019

What is the difference between a Manshon and an Apaato? – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

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  • English definition: In Japan, a manshon building is a multi-family residential building that is at least 3-stories high and is constructed using steel-reinforced concrete (SRC), reinforced concrete (RC), or steel frame. The individual units in a condominium are owned by each resident. Each unit owner has ownership rights to their individual unit as well as the right to vote in the Building Management Association (similar to a Homeowners’ Association), which makes decisions on the day-to-day operation of the building.
  • In contrast, apaato are generally two-story multi-unit residential buildings that are constructed of wood or light-gauge steel. Residents do not have individual ownership rights to their unit.
  • Manshon are considered more desirable because they use higher-grade materials, finishes, and fixtures.
  • The lead photo is an example of a manshon building, the Concieria Nishi-Shinjuku Towers West.

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