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Navigating Withholding Obligations for Foreign Investors: A Comprehensive Guide for Buyers and Landlords

 

Tax implications: When a non-resident sells

or rents out real estate in Japan

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(Case study)

 

In Japan, taxes are levied on residents (referred to as “residents”) regardless of nationality.

 

In this case, the income subject to taxation includes not only income generated within Japan

 

but also income from around the world.

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Understanding Japan’s Real Estate Landscape: Population Dynamics, Vacant Homes, and Global Competitiveness

 

Will Real Estate Prices Really Decline Long-term in Japan?

 

Based on the following four points, we will explore this issue.

 

In conclusion, while it is unclear what the long-term trend of real estate prices in Japan

 

as a whole will be, we can conclude that real estate prices in rural areas are likely to decline.

 

The relationship between population decline

 

and real estate prices In Japan

 

The population is declining, which is a contributing factor to falling real estate prices.

 

In particular, the decrease in population in rural areas is significant,

 

and it is expected that real estate prices will decline as demand decreases.

 

Unlocking Wealth in Japan’s Property Market: An Investment Roadmap for Affluent Individuals

 

 

Discovering Lucrative Opportunities in Japanese Real Estate

 

for High-Net-Worth Investors

 

Introduction:

 

Japan has long been an attractive destination for high-net-worth individuals

 

who appreciate its rich culture, modern cities, and stunning landscapes.

 

As the yen continues to depreciate and real estate prices remain relatively low compared to other global cities,

 

now is the perfect time for investors with a net worth of 1-2 million

 

US dollars to explore opportunities in the Japanese property market.

 

Prime Locations:

 

While Tokyo is the most popular choice for foreign investors,

other metropolitan areas such as Osaka and Nagoya also offer attractive investment prospects.

For those interested in resort properties, Hokkaido and Okinawa are becoming increasingly popular choices.

 

Example Properties in Tokyo:

 

Minato-ku, Tokyo: A luxurious 2-bedroom apartment in the upscale Minato-ku district offers

 

investors a taste of cosmopolitan living. With a price tag of around $1 million,

 

the apartment offers a potential rental yield of 4-5%.

 

Shibuya-ku, Tokyo: A modern one-bedroom apartment in the vibrant Shibuya-ku area offers

 

a more affordable investment option at around $500,000.

 

The potential rental yield for this property is approximately 3-4%.

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Rising Used Condominium Prices in Tokyo and Major Japanese Metropolitan Areas: A Closer Look at the Trends

 

Rising Used Condominium Prices in Tokyo and Major Japanese Metropolitan Areas

Tokyo Kantei Press Released on March 23, 2023

 

Major Cities in the Three Major Metropolitan Areas: Monthly Trends in Used Condominium Prices (70 sqm)

In February, used condominium prices in the Tokyo metropolitan area increased

by 0.4% compared to the previous month, reaching 48.66 million yen,

marking the third consecutive month of increase.

In central Tokyo, prices once again surpassed the 100 million yen mark.

The average prices in the Kinki and Chubu regions also continued to rise modestly,

with no significant downward movement seen in the market.

In February 2023, used condominium prices in the Tokyo metropolitan area

rose for the third consecutive month, with a slight increase of 0.4% compared to the previous month,

reaching 48.66 million yen.

 

When looking at the data by prefecture, Tokyo saw an increase of 0.7% to 64.41 million yen,

surpassing the record high set in December of the previous year.

 

In Kanagawa Prefecture (+0.4%, 36.68 million yen), prices continued to rise compared

to the previous month, while in Chiba Prefecture (+1.7%, 28.29 million yen),

prices have been on an upward trend since April of the previous year.

 

On the other hand, prices in Saitama Prefecture decreased slightly by 0.4% to 30.49 million yen,

marking the first decline in six months.

 

The average price in the Kinki region increased for the first time in two months,

with a slight increase of 0.2% to 29.14 million yen, due to the strength of the Osaka area.

In Osaka Prefecture, the price showed a similar movement with a 0.2% increase to 31.28 million yen,

but it did not surpass the level reached in December of the previous year.

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Japanese Condominium Prices For Investment Reach Record High in Q1 2023 (by Rakumachi)

 

Rakumachi, a real estate website in Japan, conducted market research for the first quarter of 2023

and found that the prices of all types of investment properties in Japan have increased.

(Not property for living)

 

The average price of one-room apartments increased to 74.95 million yen,

the average price of one-building apartments rose to 277.9 million yen,

and the average price of condominiums rose to 18.81 million yen.

One-room apartments had a yield of 8.98%(gross yield), while one-building apartments had a yield of 7.52%(gross yield),

and condominiums had a yield of 6.87% (gross yield).

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“au Jibun Bank and SBI Sumishin Net Bank Shake Up the Japanese Home Loan Market: A Borrower’s Guide”

 

Competitive Landscape in Japan’s

Home Loan Industry

: Unraveling the Impact of

Internet-Only Banks

 

The Japanese home loan market is witnessing fierce competition, with internet-only banks

 

such as au Jibun Bank and SBI Sumishin Net Bank leading the charge.

 

 

These banks leverage their lower operating costs to offer attractive interest rates

 

on variable-rate home loans.

 

Recently, au Jibun Bank expanded its preferential rates, reaching as low as 0.196%

 

for some customers. Meanwhile, SBI Sumishin Net Bank,

 

which has a market share of around 5%, reduced its refinancing rate to 0.299%.

 

 

Traditional banks are also competing by lowering their expenses through digitization

 

and offering competitive interest rates.

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Japanese Real Estate Essentials: City Planning Law for the residential districts.

The city planning law, which was created by the ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism, exist to regulate urban development.

The law divides all Japan into mainly two parts; city planning area which is regulated by the city planning law and the non-city planning area which is not regulated by this law.

The law defines 12 zoning districts within urbanization promotion areas.

Of these zoning districts, three have a primary effect on real estate projects residential district, commercial districts and industrial district.

Specific regulations for each district such as allowable use, building coverage ratio and floor area ratio are defined by the building standards law.

When you buy a property in Japan, it is very important to know which district your property exists.

Because each district is highly regulated by the specifics of city planning law(and building standards law)

and such regulations always affect the neighbourhood.

The law regulates the hight, allowable use, building coverage ratio, floor area ratio, type of the business and the size of the business and so on.

For example, you can not open a restaurant in category 1 low-rise exclusive residential districts.

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Charming resort mansions in Yuzawa area, Niigata?: Think twice

(Naeba ski resort in Niigata)

Sparkling ?

There are many resort condos in Yuzawa in Niigata for sale at a very reasonable price.

I found an interesting article about resort condos and would like to share the summary with you today.

 

After the burst of the bubble, the residents of the condominiums became elderly. 

Yuzawa Town, Niigata Prefecture, the Joetsu Shinkansen entered Ueno in 1985, and the entire Kanetsu Expressway was opened, becoming a tourist destination that attracts 10 million people annually. 

You can enjoy skiing and hot springs effortlessly from the Tokyo metropolitan area. 

In the bubble economy, 58 resort condominiums were built by 1993 with a total of approximately 15,000 units. 

According to real estate information company Tokyo Kantei, there are about 80,000 resort condominiums nationwide.

Yuzawa accounts for close to 20%.

 

However, the ski boom has gone, and prices have fallen due to oversupply.

About 30 years since the bubble, condominium users have also changed significantly.

According to the town, out of over 8000 townspeople as of April 2016, more than 1000 people registered the current address in apartments.

It accounts for 12% of the townspeople.

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Japanese real estate essentials: What is the Building Standards Law?

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)

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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. 

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Japanese real estate essentials: What kind of laws do you need to understand before you buy a property in Japan ?

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.

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