A widely recognized fact – Japan’s population has been decreasing for a decade. The number of Japanese newborns fell to 1.001 million in 2014, compared with 1.269 death. The government speculates that by 2060, nearly 40% of the population will be aged 65+.
How does it affect to the real estate market in Japan? Where to buy property in Japan? Let’s observe the population projection of Tokyo and Osaka. The bottom line – know where you are buying.
Just like Japan – Tokyo and Osaka’s population as a “whole” is decreasing – not an optimistic sign. (Source: Japan:National Institute of Population and Social Security Research / Tokyo: Tokyo Metropolitan Government / Osaka: Osaka Prefectural Government)
But if the area is narrowed – ups and downs become visible.
One of the center wards, Chiyoda (orange), Koto (blue), Chuo (purple), and Minato (red), will enjoy a sustainable growth of population for the next 25 years.
Kita ward (blue – Osaka/Umeda Station area), Tennoji ward (purple – Tennoji Station area) , and Nishi (red) ward will witness a moderate increase in the population.
Conclusion – if you are to buy a property in Japan for investment – buy in the center, where the population growth is promising and thus, a prospect of sustainable capital gain and income gain.