The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) announced the 2014 'chika-koji' assessed land values on March 18. According to the latest data, both commercial and residential land prices rose in Japan's three major cities for the first time in six years.

In Greater Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, residential land prices were up 0.5% and commercial land prices were up 1.6% over the 12 months to January 1, 2014.

In central Tokyo, residential land prices were up 5.9% in Minato-ku, 8.7% in Chuo-ku and 6.0% in Chiyoda-ku after negligible changes in 2013. In fact, residential and commercial land prices increased in each of Tokyo's 23 special wards.

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