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Comprehensive Cost Analysis: What to Expect When Purchasing Japanese Property


The Japanese real estate market offers unique opportunities and challenges for investors and homebuyers alike.

This article delves into the myriad costs associated with property transactions beyond the listing price,

helping you to budget effectively and navigate the market with confidence.

Understanding Purchase Costs

When buying property in Japan, costs extend far beyond the advertised price.

These vary based on the property’s location, type, and the transaction’s specifics.

Brokerage Fees: (Shiho-shoshi, 司法書士)

In Japan, brokerage fees for real estate transactions typically consist of 3% of the property’s sale price, an additional fixed fee of 60,000 yen,

and a consumption tax, which is currently at 10%.

These fees are payable to real estate agents (buying agents).


Similarly, when you decide to sell your property through agents, the same fee structure applies.

You will need to pay 3% of the property’s sale price, plus a fixed fee of 60,000 yen,

along with the 10% consumption tax currently applicable.

These fees are payable to your selling agents.

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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




(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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YouTube clip : Capital gain tax in Japan

When you buy a property and sell it in profit in the future, you are liable to

the capital gain tax of the Japanese government whether you are in

Japan or overseas country.

How does it work ?

How much is tax ?

Please find out more details in my video below.

Toshihiko Yamamoto
Real estate investing consultant and author.
Founder of Yamamoto Property Advisory in Tokyo.
International property Investment consultant and licensed
real estate broker (Japan).
He serves the foreign companies and individuals to buy and sell
the real estates in Japan as well as own homes.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from
Osaka Prefecture University in Japan
and an MBA from Bond University in Australia

Toshihiko’s book, “The Savvy Foreign Investor’s Guide to Japanese Properties: How to Expertly Buy, Manage and Sell Real Estate in Japan”is now out on Amazon, iBooks (iTunes, Apple) and Google Play.
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Cost to exit : Understanding the tax angles when you buy the property in Japan Part-3

Successful investment strategy doesn’t simply mean buying and operating property.

Exit strategy is significantly important for the overall success.
You need to think about the exit strategy while you are acquiring property.
When you build the exit strategy, tax laws play the important role.
Today I am discussing the tax regulations when you sell your property outright.
Tax when you exit the property
The capital gain generated by selling your real estate is called transfer
in Japan  (It is almost same as capital gain tax in US)
To calculate the capital gains or losses, take the sales price then deduct selling expenses,
from the amount realized. Then deduct the original cost of property, plus expenses deemed to
have increased its value, less claims which have notionally decreased its value.
Expenses deemed to have increased its value are capital improvements
(roof replacement, central air conditioning installation, rewiring, etc.), assessments for local improvements
(water connections, sidewalks, roads), casualty losses (restoration of damaged property), legal fees.
Expenses deemed to have decreased its value are depreciation, casualty or theft loss deductions
and insurance reimbursement, certain credits, exclusions and deductions.

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Acquisition cost: Understanding the tax angles when you buy the property in Japan Part-1

One of the principal rules of property investment is
that no property should cost more than it produces.
You obviously want to see the positive cash flow every month.
But from the tax management point of view, that is not the case.
When you are filing a tax return in March, you want to appear to be in red or break even.
The Japanese government in fact encourages investors to book the depreciation
that allows you post a deduction for the certain portion of the value of your property.
Tax code in Japan changes very frequently, almost every year.
I strongly advise that you should check with your broker or tax specialist
(tax accountant,  CPA) before you take a significant action.
Tax is the biggest cost in the property investing.
Tax management therefore is a key for successful real estate investors.
Today I am going to discuss the taxes that investors need to pay when they
buy the real estate in Japan.
The following discussion is based on the tax laws which are applicable
as of end 2017.
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Notorious inheritance tax: Is it high ? -Brief on Inheritance tax in Japan as of 2017-

It comes to my attention that many foreign nationals who live in Japan
permanently or (semi-permamently) are
concerned about Japan’s inheritance tax.
I will give you some good guidance about it as follows.

1) Do we all have to pay
    the inheritance tax ?

There is growing concern about the inheritance tax in Japan. In 2013,
the Japanese government passed the bill and lowered the deductible amount
for charging the inheritance tax (hence effectively raised the tax rate).
The new law became effective from 2015.
However one statistics say the currently only
about 8 out 100 taxpayers in Japan are actually imposed the inheritance
tax so majority of us
do not really have to worry about it
unless you are very high net worth investors or entrepreneurs with
the net taxable asset which 
is well over 100 million yen or so.Read more