Current issues in Japanese land policy: towards sustainable management of land

French Research Institute on Japan at Maison franco-japonaise, Room 601 3-9-25, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, 150-0013, Tokyo, Japon
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Lunch Seminar on Japanese Economy and Society

The Japanese government is currently deliberating the following major land issues: the rapid increase in vacant land and housing; the increasing number of owner-unknown land; and the decline of local city centers, particularly those within nonmetropolitan areas. Nearly 7.5 million houses lay vacant across Japan as of 2018 and this number is only increasing. The owners’ whereabouts cannot be confirmed on 20% of land in Japan, despite the efforts of the national land registry system. Despite city center revitalization emerging as one of the main objectives for Japanese urban policy since the 1990s, its outcomes have been underwhelming. It is clear that these issues relate to population decline in Japan. The speaker will provide background, an outline of the current situation and evaluation of the government response to these problems.


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