One of the best ways to search for foreclosed property in Japan is to use the online database of provided by Bit-Sikkou. In recent times their website has been overhauled. Until the 18th May 2010 you can still access the old format, however I would advise you to become accustomed to the new version before the old format dies.
The question then is - how do you access the new service? The problem of course is that Google Translate will only do a partial translation because many of the buttons are linked graphics rather than hypertext. This obstacle is easily overcome because each of the links is readily translated. For your convenience however I have am providing a translation. Once you know where you want to go, the process is pretty seamless, because you will likely be searching the same areas, and the Translation tool is seamlessly integrated by Google.
Provided below are two screen captures for the graphic links on the Bit-Sikkou website. One of the screen images shows a 'Glossary of terms'. Aside from using this to find definition of terms, you can also use it as a means of finding the kanji equivalent term if you need to converse with any non-English speaking Japanese court office staff, or otherwise you can refer Japanese friends, etc assisting you.
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