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

Market Trends

Tokyo Condominium Market Forecast 2019: Where Are Supply & Sale Prices Headed?

The Real Estate Economic Institute (REEI) has released an optimistic 2019 forecast for supply and price trends in the new condominium market for the greater Tokyo area, which includes Tokyo and the prefectures of Kanagawa, Chiba, and Saitama. Supply in... More

Architecture and Design in Japan

House in Miyamoto, Osaka Designed by Tato Architects Named 2018 House of the Year

An ingenious open-concept house called the “House in Miyamoto” has been named 2018’s House of the Year by Dezeen, an international architecture and design magazine. The house, located in Osaka, was designed by Kobe-based Tato Architects’s Yo Shimada, who created... More

Financial Services Agency Opens New Investigation into Illicit Real Estate Lending

Following the Suruga Bank scandal, there is a new financial institution being investigated for making fraudulent real estate loans in a Suruga Bank-type investment scheme. On Oct. 31st, the Financial Services Agency (FSA) announced that it was going to carry... More

Tampering with Customer Loan Documents Rampant at Tokyo Real Estate Company Tateru Inc.

An independent special audit committee established by TATERU Inc., a Tokyo-based real estate company listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) has found that 31 of the company’s employees were involved in 350 cases of tampering... More

How to Claim Tax Deductions and Cash Back Benefits for Home Buyers in Japan: 2019 Incentives Explained

As the Abe administration has committed to raising the consumption tax to 10% on October 1, 2019, the government has also put forward various policies and incentives to keep consumer demand buoyant in the face of higher prices for everything... More

Japan to Give Preference to 8 Asian Countries for Specified Skills Residency Visa & Establish Measures to Support Foreign Workers

The Japanese government plans to bring in workers from eight Asian countries under the recent revision to the Immigration Control Act, which establishes two new visa residency statuses, in a major change to Japan’s immigration policy that will allow lower skilled... More