New Edition of Landed Japan Guides Buyers Through the Complexities of Japanese Real Estate

April 3, 2018 —  Landed Japan, the definitive guide to Japanese real estate, has been expanded and updated with new information for individuals and companies buying property in the world’s third-largest economy. About 50% of Landed Japan (ISBN 978-988-14790-0-6) is new, including chapters about Hokkaido, Greater Tokyo, Nagoya, Kansai, Fukuoka and Okinawa. The 348-page book […]

Landed Japan giveaway

February 5, 2018 — A cover has been chosen for the second edition of my book Landed Japan, and a winning entrant has been picked for the Landed Japan giveaway. The most popular design is version B, and the lucky winner is Shoichi Muromura. Here’s some background on the cover design and the Landed Japan […]

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. […]