How to Buy Industrial Real Estate in Japan: Foreign Investor’s Guide

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Japan has one of the biggest industrial real estate markets in the world. You can find a high density of warehouses, logistics centers, and factories in clusters, such as in the Hanshin Industrial Region or Greater Nagoya.

The market will see a transformation in the coming years as Japan is in great need of automation and more advanced logistics facilities. Here, the growing eCommerce market is the main driver.

In this article, I explain how you can buy industrial real estate as a foreigner in Japan. I will cover a wide range of topics covering regulations, the market, tax obligations, and more.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Japan?
  • Japan’s Industrial Real Estate Market
  • Primary Industrial Clusters
  • How can I find industrial real estate for sale?
  • Taxes

Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Japan?

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Investing in Japan Office Space & Buildings: Full Guide

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Japan’s office market suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic but managed to attract comparably many foreign investors that turned their backs to more unstable markets.

In bad times, Japan and Korea are seen as safe-havens where you can experience less volatility and declines. Vacancy rates have been kept low in the industrial property market, for example.

Another benefit of investing in Japanese office space is its robust market and the ease for foreigners of owning real estate. This is something that I will go into greater detail about later in this article.

Today, we review how foreigners can invest in office space and buildings and Japan, how the market has behaved, and more.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy office space in Japan?
  • Japan’s Office Space Market
  • Office Prices in Japan
  • Taxes
  • How can I find office space for sale in Japan?

Can foreigners buy office space in Japan?

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Buying Property in Japan: The Definitive Guide

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Japan is one of the most popular investment destinations for international corporations and individual property buyers. Being one of a few developed countries in APAC, it’s not strange.

Foreigners find Japan as safe and ownership regulations are both transparent and favorable, which is not often the case in many other APAC countries, especially in Southeast Asia.

Not to forget, Japan is very livable and many decide to either settle here or to buy lifestyle property for holiday or rental purposes.

Before you buy real estate in Japan, it’s important that you understand the property market outlook, how high property taxes are, if you can get a property loan as a foreigner, and more.

In this article, you’ll learn the following:

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Buying Land in Japan: Foreign Investor’s Guide

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Japan’s land prices haven’t increased as much as in developing Asian countries in the past years. The country suffered from an economic downturn in the early 1990s and the real estate market never really recovered since.

With that said, the market has started to gain more interest and Tokyo currently has one of the most active markets, according to PwC. It’s predicted to see great rental growths as it gains interest locally and from overseas.

In this article, we focus on land investments and where I explain the basics if you plan to buy land as a foreign corporation or individual.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy land in Japan?
  • Land Prices in Japan
  • The Process When Buying Land
  • Taxes when Buying Land
  • Finding Land for Sales in Japan
  • Commercial Real Estate Agents in Japan

Can foreigners buy land in Japan?

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5 Countries Where Foreigners Can Buy Land in Asia

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Asian countries have some of the most prominent and promising real estate markets in the world. While some foreigners prefer to buy condos, villas or apartments for investment or self dwelling purposes, you shouldn’t neglect the opportunities to buy land.

Personally, I believe that foreigners believe that it’s too hard to buy land, and from traditional reasons. But more and more people ask what opportunities they have when buying land in Asia. Unfortunately, there are not so many options available.

In this article, I list the 5 countries where you can buy and own land as a foreigner in Asia. Let’s have a look.

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Top Real Estate Agencies in Tokyo: The Definitive Guide

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Tokyo is the financial center and the city that attracts by far the most foreigners in Japan. Even if property is not the cheapest in the region, nor the country, many decide to buy here.

You’ll find a number a real estate agents who have both Japanese and foreign nationals, ready to cater local and overseas buyers. However, the information about the different agencies are rarely summarized in a detailed way.

Therefore, I decided to write this article where I list some of the top real estate agencies in Tokyo. Let’s have a look.

Introductory remark

The real estate agencies are listed in a random order.

1. Colliers International

Colliers International is one of the largest real estate agents with around 70 offices and thousands of employees working worldwide. In 2017, the company officially announced that it will open its first office in Japan, the Managing Director will be Katsuji Tokita who has a long experience of working in the real estate industry.

You’ll see that the company is reputable and has won a number of awards in the Asian region, for example:

a. Euromoney 2016 – Best Overall Advisor & Consultant Award in Asia

b. Euromoney 2015 – Best Agency/Letting Advisor and Consultant Award in Asia

c. REIW Asia Awards for Excellence 2013 – Best Property Advisory/Consultancy

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Top Real Estate Agencies in Japan: The Definitive Guide

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Japan has long been the favorite spot when foreigners travel or relocate to Asia, in fact, there are around 3 times more foreigners living in Japan compared to China, for example. Of course, this has helped to drive up the demand for property in the residential sector and the commercial sector.

You have a number of real estate agencies to choose among, being one of the financial hearts in Asia, every major player in the real estate industry has set up offices here. You’ll also be able to find a number of local ones that have a long history of helping foreigners who wish to buy properties.

In this article, I list some of the biggest and most popular real estate agencies in Japan.

Introductory remark

The real estate agencies are listed in a random order.

1. Ken Corporation

Ken Corporation established its first office in 1972 and currently has seven offices in Tokyo and one in Yokohama. With an impressive number of 480 professionals and managing around 13,000 properties the company has established a great footprint in Tokyo.

You’ll also find a number of affiliated companies directly connected to Ken Corporation, working with a number of services like hotel management, investment advice, design & construction and more.

Property types

Includes mainly residential properties like apartments, condos and houses.

Services offered

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Top 10 Property Developers in Japan: A Complete Guide

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Japan is one of a few developed countries in Asia and has managed to build up a number of reputable companies over the decades.

Not surprisingly, you’ll find a number of local real estate developers that build different kinds of property, not only in Japan, but also overseas.

In this article, I list some of the biggest and most reputable property developers in Japan.

1. Mori Trust

Mori Trust Co., Ltd. is a leading Japanese real estate developer, headed by Akira Mori, the 7th richest person in Japan. The company was founded in 1970 with a base in Tokyo and is one of the oldest property developers in the country.

It was formerly known as Mori Building Development Co., Ltd but changed name to Mori Trust in 1999. The company owns a multiple number of subsidiaries, including Mori Trust Hotels & Resorts.

Mori Trust is also developing office buildings in the United States.

Property types

They build residential projects, office buildings, apartments, condominiums, hotels, resorts, and retail projects. However, they’re best known for their high-rise condominium residential projects.

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How to Buy Property in Hokkaido: A Complete Guide

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Hokkaido gets increasingly popular among foreign and Japanese investors, who want to find cheaper property, a holiday retreat or just a place to escape the hustle and bustle.

You most often hear that foreigners go to Hokkaido (and often Sapporo) to spend one or two weeks skiing.

The other seasons are also great, offering a great quality of life and astonishing nature.

In this article, I explain all the essentials you need to know when buying property in Hokkaido.

Hokkaido real estate market

Hokkaido and its real estate market are significantly different from the Japanese mainland and the three major Japanese islands.

Firstly: It’s among the least densely populated areas in Japan, the population density is less than 65 people per kilometer.

That’s around 1% compared to the population density in Tokyo, where the density is more than 6000 people per km.

Secondly: it’s the 2nd largest island in Japan, but also the northernmost part of the country, thus exposed to a colder climate, with a comparatively harsher winter season.

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How to Buy Property in Yokohama: The Definitive Guide

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Investors are moving firmly towards the Yokohama property market as Tokyo has gone increasingly expensive over the years.

In fact, Yokohama is an overlooked city that is getting more and more appreciated, not only by locals, but also foreigners.

With an increasing population, the demand will also stay relatively high, compared to many other cities in Japan.

In this article, I explain the essentials when buying property in Yokohama.

Yokohama property market

Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan in terms of population, but most populous in terms of density.

The city has become a popular destination for foreigners, in fact, the foreign population has increased to a record number of 8%, and is still growing.

Yokohama is unique for one reason: while its population has increased the past decades, the population in Japan is shrinking.

Even in the 1950’s, Yokohama was the 4th most populous city in Japan, but temporarily climbed to a 1st position in 1985.

So: as the population increases, demand increases. Hong Kongers are some of the foreigners who now turn to Yokohama as property gets too expensive back home.

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