Whole-building investor sues lender

Another cautionary tale from the whole-building investment scandal that had been targeting novice real estate investors for over a decade. This time, a Fukuoka-based news channel interviewed a government worker that just filed a 290 million Yen (US$2 million) lawsuit against the bank at the center of the scandal.

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Will the government’s attempt at a national real estate ID system be successful this time around?

The Nikkei Shimbun newspaper ran a recent article going over all of the issues with the government’s attempt to create more transparency and accessibility with real estate data. Anyone who has worked in Japan’s real estate industry or attempted to conduct market research will be well aware of just how little data is available, paid or otherwise.

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No disclosure requirements for natural deaths, MLIT

On October 8, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) announced the new guidelines for disclosing stigmatized properties to future tenants and buyers. Up until this point, there have been no clear rules on when or what to disclose to a potential occupant, leaving it up to the real estate brokers to follow their own practices. This has been a frequent cause of trouble and confusion.

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