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Japan rural land prices rise for first time in 28 years

The Japan Times

The average price of all types of land in Japan's rural areas rose last year for the first time since 1992, aided by redevelopment projects and improvement in infrastructure, the government said Wednesday. Land in all categories, including residential and industrial in the nation's regional areas, excluding the big cities of Sapporo, Sendai, Hiroshima and Fukuoka, grew 0.1 percent from a year earlier as of Jan. 1, while commercial land prices in those areas rose 0.3 percent -- both figures seeing the first increase in 28 years, it said. Residential land prices in those rural areas, which had been falling since 1996, were unchanged from a year earlier, an annual government survey showed. However, the upward trend could reverse if the current coronavirus outbreak further damages the economy, analysts said. Prefectural capitals and surrounding regions also saw a rise in residential land prices due to redevelopment projects, improvement in infrastructure and increased child care support.

Average land price in Japan posts first rise in 27 years on back of tourism boom

The Japan Times

The average price of land in Japan edged up 0.1 percent this year, putting an end to 26 straight years of decline since the burst of the bubble economy, the government said Tuesday, as a tourism boom spurs the construction of hotels and shops. The average prices for all types of land, including commercial, residential and industrial, were surveyed by July 1 across the country, according to the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry. The first price increase in 27 years was mostly due to gains in urban areas, as mountainous and other rural areas with falling populations saw continued declines. "Regional areas where land prices are rising are those with transportation networks being built and other ongoing development projects to attract foreign tourists," said Takeshi Ide, a senior chief researcher at Tokyo Kantei Co., a real estate research firm. Average commercial land prices rose for the third straight year, up 1.1 percent from a year earlier and faster than the 0.5 percent gain logged the previous year.

Japan's non-metro commercial land prices rise for first time in 28 years

The Japan Times

The average price of land for commercial use outside Japan's three largest metropolitan areas -- Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya -- has risen for the first time since 1991, as an influx of foreign tourists has been reviving the country's real estate scene, government data showed Thursday. The price was up 0.3 percent from a year earlier as of July 1. It was also boosted by redevelopment projects in relatively large cities, according to data released by the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry. The increase, the first since the collapse of the country's asset-inflated bubble economy in the early 1990s, was driven by four major cities -- Sapporo, Sendai, Hiroshima and Fukuoka -- which saw strong demand for hotels, shops and offices, as well as the progress of urban redevelopment around train stations. The average price of commercial land in the four cities grew 10.3 percent from a year earlier, compared with 5.2 percent in the three largest metropolitan areas and the national average of 1.7 percent, which rose for the third consecutive year, according to the data.

Redevelopment and hotel demand lift commercial land prices outside Japan's major metropolitan areas for first time in 26 years

The Japan Times

Commercial land prices outside major metropolitan areas rose in 2017 for the first time in 26 years, registering a 0.5 percent year-on-year increase, thanks largely to redevelopment projects and hotel construction, government data showed Tuesday. As of Jan. 1 of this year, regional land prices, which also includes residential land values, rose a marginal 0.04 percent from a year before, according to the annual survey by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism that covers 26,000 locations nationwide. But 52 percent of regional locations sampled for the survey logged price declines, indicating a widening gap between urban and rural areas, the ministry said. Redevelopment and construction of hotels targeted at growing numbers of foreign visitors have helped boost regional commercial land prices, mostly in the four major regional cities of Sapporo, Sendai, Hiroshima and Fukuoka, which saw an average year-on-year price increase of 7.9 percent. Regional residential land prices fell 0.1 percent, compared to a 0.4 percent drop a year earlier, as improved employment and recovering demand for land in convenient locations -- on the back of low interest rates -- helped slow the pace of decline, the report showed.

Japan land prices rise 0.1% on demand for tourist premises

The Japan Times

Prices of commercial and residential land in Japan rose for the first time in eight years in 2015, with growing numbers of foreign tourists pushing up demand for hotels and shops, the government said Tuesday. Average prices, which also include property for industrial use, were up 0.1 percent in the period, rebounding from a 0.3 percent fall logged the previous year, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said in an annual survey of around 25,000 locations nationwide. The rise was led by commercial land, which climbed 0.9 percent after being flat a year earlier. Land transactions were brisk in major cities, but more than two-thirds of locations elsewhere saw prices drop. Japan saw record numbers of foreign visitors in 2015 thanks to a weaker yen and greater efforts to promote tourism.