Hokkaido sees 12% more offshore investors between 2019 and 2020

A survey by public broadcaster NHK has found that the there were 4,406 buildings and land parcels in Hokkaido owned by foreign funds and corporations as of January 2020. This is a 12% increase from 2019. Even with the international travel bans, some industry experts say acquisitions have continued throughout 2020 as foreign investors are confident that things will return to normal post-covid.

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Nakano Sun Plaza to be redeveloped by 2028

Nakano Sun Plaza, a 48-year old hotel and concert building in Tokyo’s Nakano ward, will be demolished in 2024 and replaced with a new mixed-use building by 2028. The 181 billion Yen (approx. 1.7 billion USD) project will include a 235-meter tall mixed-use office and residential tower with a concert hall and hotel on the lower floors.

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Apartment transactions in January reach all-time high

The second state of emergency issued on January 7 wasn’t enough to slow buying activity this time around, with REINS reporting that 3,480 second-hand apartments were sold across greater Tokyo in January, up 37.3% from the previous month and up 29.9% from January 2020. This is the highest number of transactions seen for the month of January since REINS began reporting data in May 1990.

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