Foreclosed homes in Japan

May 28, 2010 — The economic downturn that began with the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 created a spike in Japan’s unemployment rate. That, in turn, saw a growing number of foreclosed homes for sale.   Where to find foreclosed homes Today, you can find listings of foreclosed homes—including condominiums, detached houses and […]

Japanese addresses explained

April 2, 2010 — Japanese addresses can be confusing even for locals. Here’s an explanation from the book Landed  Japan. Japan is divided into 47 prefectures, 43 of which carry the suffix ken. The remainder use different suffixes. Hokkaido is a do, Osaka and Kyoto are fu, while Tokyo is a metropolis (to). Prefectures are […]