TOKYO KANTEI Monthly report June 2019
Source: Tokyo Kantei (June 2019) The market in central districts in Tokyo is starting to show the downtrend.
Red : Market movement (sellers listing price)
Tokyo Kantei (real estate think tank) just announced the latest report on the price movement of the second-hand condominium market.
The price of second-hand apartment buildings in major metropolitan areas continued to fall at ¥ 45.59 million in the 23 wards of Tokyo, down 1.5% from the previous month.
It is thought that this is due to the case share reduction in the central Tokyo area and weakness in the surrounding area.
In addition, Saitama City (-1.7%, 27.74 million yen) and Chiba City (-2.8%, 18.32 million yen) are also negative, and the rate of decline in Chiba City, where the number of cases from old buildings increased, was compared It became huge.
On the other hand, Yokohama City has maintained its upward trend, with + 0.9% at 31.12 million yen.
The average prices of major cities in the Kinki region (Osaka area) rose for three months in a row to 32.84 million yen, which is + 1.1% from
the previous month.
What is the purpose of the mission of the Building Standards Law?
The Building Standards Law （建築基準法）was created for the MLIT to provide basic rules for construction during a building and the stipulates minimum engineering safety requirements concerning fire earthquake and other natural disasters.
It also stipulates the types of buildings we can build according to each zoning district(用途地域)
under the city planning law.
A building not contracted to meet this requirement is regarded as an illegal building however a building previously constructed in compliance with a standard existing at the time of the construction but which no longer meet current construction standards is not considered as an illegal building but rather called non-conforming building. (既存不適格）
When you find the cheap property, please make sure if it is a non-conforming building or not. It is not a fatal mistake to buy such a property, but you have to understand what you are running into beforehand.
Here is how it works : Japanese real estate essentials.
What kind of laws are protecting rights of your real estate in Japan ?
The civil law describes the general rules for the purchase and sales (and lease) of the property.
The civil law regulates ownership and superficies and also provide the definition of rights such as pledge and mortgage.
As a conventional individual, I think you only need to know how the mortgage works in Japan.
The land lease and building lease law, which is special law of civil law, provides
the general rules of land lease and building lease.
The act on sectional ownership of buildings provides the general rules on sectional ownership, meaning
the law is for the condominiums.
The real estate registration law is for the real estate registration system.
Soak feeling the wind from the ocean?
Some outside baths in Atami is only 5m away from the ocean.
You can soak feeling the wind from the ocean.
Atami is a very popular getaway destination and is renown of the onsen in the area.
It is also one of the primary locations for diving in Izu.
I visited Atami in May 2019 with a client.
You can enjoy the great ocean view from the hot onsen tub in Japanese style hotels.
It has been dead for a long time but regained the tourists for a last
It is now one of the hottest tourists spots near Tokyo.
It is only 60 min away from Tokyo and you can take shinkansen from there.
Beautiful Stories, Hard Realities
Real estate agents/realtors are always holding seminars in Tokyo, Osaka and elsewhere, luring in amateur investors (for Japanese investors so far)
and telling them beautiful stories of how this person or that person got rich in the property market.
I never exaggerate such successes in my seminars, although of course they do exist.
Instead, I always tell the audience true stories from my experience and those of other clients and inexperienced investors, and in particular about the mistakes made.
I receive a number of inquiries about very affordable and yet old condominiums from foreign nationals.
They don’t know much about Japanese market.
Japan is facing serious social issues including ageing society and shrinking population.
And old condominiums are facing similar realities especially in the regional areas.
I am not saying all old condominiums are risky but please do not jump at the gun only because they are cheap.
You need to carefully investigate the property and check the potential risks.
Real estates are totally controlled by the market mechanism and they are cheap for a reason.
That said, if you carefully search, you could get a relatively good investment.
Just the basics.
Today I am going to share some basic laws and regulations on the real estate in Japan.
1 How does the real estate registration work in Japan ?
The real estate registration system is governed by the real estate registration law (不動産登記法）
Properties are registered in the real estate register which gives the basic information of the property and its
The registration record can be reviewed at the legal affairs bureau. (法務局)
The registration information can be accessed by the internet by paying a small fee (you can also
get a copy of registration at local legal affairs bureau.
(How to use inkan)
What kind of documents do you need to have for the registration of your property ?
After you acquire your property, you want to register your ownership with the officials here, right ?
If you don’t register your ownership(title), you can not legally argue that your property is yours.
You need the officially backing from the government.
Japan has the system called ‘Real estate registration’ (FUDOSAN-TOUKI 不動産登記)
Are you curious about the mortgage loan in Japan ?
Few individuals have enough savings or liquid funds to enable them to purchase property outright.
It is normal for home purchases to be funded by a mortgage loan.
A mortgage loan is used either by purchasers of real property to raise funds to buy real estate, or alternatively by existing property owners to raise funds
for any purpose, while putting a lien on the property being mortgaged.
The home mortgage loan is widely available in Japan, too.
The best referral source for obtaining a foreign national mortgage loan is a local real estate broker that works in Japan.
Japan dramatically relaxed the green card regulations a few years ago.
Now you could get the green card by investing in Japan with 1 year stay.
Japan is not selling the green card but the real estate investment (or any other type of business
by establishing your entity here) should work very well.
Again the government is not selling the green card but you can
intelligently leverage the real estate investment for the preferential treatment.
I am discussing more practical strategy to get prepared and apply for the green card.
There is even a fast track.
If you like Japan and want to contribute to my country in good ways, your investment should be
appreciated by the government.