Office vacancy rates in March – Miki Shoji

According to Miki Shoji’s Office Report for March 2013, the vacancy rate in Tokyo’s central business districts of Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Shinjuku and Shibuya dropped by 0.01 points to 8.56%.

In Chiyoda-ku, the vacancy rate dropped 0.07 points to 6.59% as tenants began to move into recently completed Ochanomizu Sola City and existing buildings saw tenants combine their business operations in one space. 

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Office vacancy rates in February – Miki Shoji

According to Miki Shoji’s Tokyo Office Report, the average office vacancy rate in Tokyo’s central five wards (Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Shinjuku and Shibuya) in February was 8.57% – up 0.01 points from the previous month but 0.58 points lower than February 2012.

Three new office buildings were completed in February, but due to their relatively high occupancy rates the new supply had only a minor effect on the total vacancy rate.

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Office vacancy rates down for second month

According to Miki Shoji, office building vacancy rates in Tokyo’s central 5 wards (Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Shinjuku, and Shibuya) fell 0.11 points at the end of March to 9.04%. This is the second continuous month where vacancy rates have fallen. However, the lower vacancy rates are not a sign of a market recovery but are due to falling office rents.

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PM companies leaving Hokkaido amid Sapporo office market slump

Several real estate property management companies have begun to close down their offices in Sapporo, Hokkaido, as the local commercial market continues to decline.

At the end of March, Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) will close their Hokkaido branch. Also,  CBRE and the Sumitomo Life Insurance Company will no longer have representatives stationed in Hokkaido. Sumisei Building Management, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Life Insurance, is also closing their office in March as part of cost cutting measures. Sanko Estate currently has one staff member stationed in Hokkaido but all duties will be transferred to Tokyo from spring.

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Tokyo office market showing further signs of slowing

Data provided by Miki Shoji

The central Tokyo office building market is stagnating. At the end of November, the office vacancy rate for Tokyo’s central 5 wards (Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Shinjuku and Shibuya) reached 8.90%. This is the second continuous month with an increase in vacancy rates and the first time since April, 2011, that rates had reached this level. Meanwhile, the average office rent for central Tokyo has declined for the 39th continuous month.

With the Euro crisis and strong Yen, there is a deceleration in demand from tenants with many companies being more prudent and delaying moving. The demand for buildings with high disaster preparedness and earthquake resistance has slowed.

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Tokyo office rents at historically low levels

Miki Shoji announced on July 7 that office rents for commercial properties in central Tokyo have fallen 4% in the past 12 months and are now at the lowest levels ever seen since data collection began.

A major contributing factor to this fall are the companies who are seeing lower earnings as a result of the March 11 Tohoku disaster and can no longer pay high rent for their office space.

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