Buying Japanese real estate: An international comparison

November 15, 2016—The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled Buying Japanese real estate: An international comparison that was delivered to the Japan-America Real Estate Coalition Office (JARECO) in Tokyo on September 13, 2016. A video of the presentation is available here. The presentation compares Japan with other markets—including Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Canada and […]

A Foreigner Buys Property in Japan

The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled A Foreigner Buys Property in Japan that was delivered to the Japan-America Real Estate Coalition Office (JARECO) in Tokyo on July 27, 2016.  A video of the presentation is available here. The presentation discusses the changing role of foreigners in the Japanese property market, including The […]

Property panel discussions

December 14, 2015 — Over the past couple of months, I’ve had the pleasure of moderating two property panel discussions here in Hong Kong. The first session, on October 16, was jointed hosted by the Canadian and American chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong. It featured presentations by Doris Lam from Savills,  Gareth Hart  from […]

Landed Japan update

September 15, 2014 — A lot has happened since May 2010, so here’s a  Landed Japan update. The earthquake Topping the list is the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the subsequent tsunami, and the explosion, fire and ongoing release of radioactive material from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The disaster killed more than […]

Buying a property in Japan

The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled Buying a property in Japan that was delivered at the Smart Property Expo in Hong Kong on November 23, 2013. Video of the presentation is available here. The presentation covers: The challenges facing foreigners when they buy houses in Japan, such as finding a mortgage lender […]

Abenomics third arrow

July 10, 2013 – This afternoon, I attended  a presentation — jointly organized by JETRO and the Japanese government — about deregulation, which is described as being Abenomics third arrow. As someone with an interest in Japanese real estate, two things in the presentation by Nishimura-san, senior vice-minister in charge of the Cabinet Office, stood […]

Understanding rural Japan

March 25, 2013 — Low prices, open spaces and fresh air make property in rural Japan irresistible for many foreign buyers. If you are thinking of purchasing a home in rural japan, either as a residence or a weekend getaway, spend a couple of hours reading a blog called Spike Japan. Comprising well-written essays with photos, […]

Fukushima four weeks later

The following is a transcript of a presentation that was delivered at a seminar organized by Platinum Real Estate at Suji’s Deli in Azabudai, Tokyo, on April 7, 2011, less than a month after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the explosions at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Video of the presentation is available here. […]

Japanese earthquake insurance explained

March 14, 2011 — Japanese earthquake insurance is sold, packaged and priced in a unique regulatory environment. The following information is from the book Landed  Japan, which was published in 2010. Earthquake insurance Despite Japan’s reputation as a seismic hotspot, earthquake insurance for residential dwellings is readily available. In fiscal 2007, Japanese households had over […]

Japanese real estate: Time to buy?

  The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled Japanese real estate: Time to buy? that was delivered at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong on November 17, 2010. Video of the presentation is available here. The presentation introduces the basics of investing in Japanese real estate, including: Demographic trends that shape […]