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Word of the Day - January 17, 2019

Genjyou Kaifuku – 原状回復 – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

Genjyou Kaifuku 原状回復 English definition: Restoration to original condition In Japan, this is the basic standard that landlords hold properties to when a tenant vacates a property. By law, the lessee (tenant) is financially responsible for restoring the property to... More

Word of the Day - January 16, 2019

Koushin-ryou – 更新料 – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

Koushin-ryou 更新料 English definition: Renewal fee for a lease. In Japan, a lease renewal fee is sometimes included in a rental contract. This obligates the tenant to pay a fee in order to extend (renew) the leasing agreement. Regular leases in Japan... 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 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

Living in Tokyo

What can you rent in Tokyo for $630 or Less a Month? With No Key Money, No Deposit, No Agency Fee

By popular request, in this installment of the “what can you rent” series, we focus on Tokyo, including short-term options available now for $650 (¥57,000) a month or less. No one likes to pay high move-in costs, so the examples... 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