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Wooden buildings on the rise in Japan

Japan is starting to see more mid-rise buildings constructed from wood materials. A revision to the Public Buildings Wood Use Promotion Act will go into effect on October 1, 2021, encouraging the use of domestic forest plantations planted after WWII not only in public buildings but also in privately developed buildings.

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2021 sees continued demand for real estate in Tokyo

Although Tokyo’s office vacancy rate has been climbing for the past 20 months, institutional investors are not shying away from the nation’s capital. With vacancy rates on the rise and rents falling, real estate prices should typically decrease. However, in a low interest rate environment investors are content with lower yields and are paying more to secure prime real estate.

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