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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Land price rise highlights the reform initiative - but more required

One gets the sense that Abe is causing a lot of angst in Japan. The positive side is that he is appealing to all interests, whether its nationalists, conservatives, and even liberals. He is causing a lot of controversy and derision for his policies as a result; but might in the process he win favour for simply 'doing something' big. Its early days, but Abe is doing a number of important things:
1. Constitutional change - We are hearing 'noises' from liberals (mostly lawyers), but aren't indolent Japanese citizens destined to simply trust him to take them on the right path. We might wonder if the provisions sought are the end of the story, or a precursor for more power. From a collectivist government, that cannot be a good thing, even if the threat posed is not Abe, but a latter leader. But then maybe those constitutional protections were never what we wanted or expected. NZ seeks no less protected than any other nation 'with a constitution'.
2. Tax increases - Not something to celebrate but at least the government is addressing the fiscal imbalance. Does a reform program need more spending or less? I would argue more private spending and less government spending, but that is not going to occur until the private sector sees real progress, so he could be forgiven for spending.
3. Immigration - Recently we have seen the Abe administration open the nation to Asian tourists, as well as the adoption of a new class of visa. i.e. Gaijin ('foreigners') under the proposal, if they have good jobs, stable incomes, needed skills, are destined to be offered permanent residency in Japan. This is surely a measure to improve population demographics. i.e. Aging population, rural depopulation.
4. Child protection - After decades of inaction, there are signs that Japan is finally entering the fold for the protection of children caught up in international marriages.
5. Stimulus - This is perhaps the less impressive move, though it was a brazen some compared to the historic legacy. I would argue that it did not achieve anything, however you could argue that it did boost economic activity in a period of transformation. But its not really happened yet. Perhaps it was only meant to 'encourage people', so the real action would be favourably received.
6. Higher land prices - Land prices had bottomed in 2006, however they have been lacklustre of late, but more recently still, they show signs of improvement. Signs of inflation are not enough though, the government will need to do more to post real wages as well. It has encouraged businesses to do so, but to no avail yet. Consider however some reforms.
7. Trade reform: Japan has been an enthusiastic supporter of tariff reductions. Until recently, it was reluctant to cut tariffs on rice, however concessions have been made, and policies have been adopted to reform agriculture in the nation.

In my book 'Japan Foreclosed Property', I discuss how in the last few hundred years that Japan has been moved by both external and internal events to undergo enormous transformation that raised the nation to prosperity. i.e. After Admiral Perry's entry and during the Meiji Period. The latter are just some of the measures. More important than the 'number', is the nature of them. They are pretty drastic steps for Japan. Westerners benefiting from these reforms, particularly the opportunity to live in Japan, would do well to consider how they might benefit from their 'distinctive cultural differences' in a nation which is pretty homogeneous in its thinking. After all, this is why Abe is trying to break Japan out of its comfort zone. Its happened before, and it seems to be happening again. We have patiently been waiting for it!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Skilled workers in Japan offered permanent residence

The Japanese government has signalled its intention to relax its visa requirements for well-paid, foreign workers. These “high-quality human resources” (if you still feel human) will be permitted to seek permanent residence for an indefinite period in Japan. Being ‘Japan talk’ one might suspect that ‘indefinite’ is only until they decide otherwise, as you are not a citizen. It remains to be seen however whether those people will be able to secure welfare. i.e. If they lost their job, would they be given access to the welfare system, and for how long? Will they be kicked out? Of course, none of this bothers ‘high calibre’ people with flawless lives. However bureaucrats are plenty flawed, so we might expect them to make mistakes selecting applicants.
The amendment of the Immigration Control Act is targeted at researchers and engineers, who will be appraised on the basis of a points system. Issues to be considered will include factors such as annual income, employment history, and the continuity of the applicants stay in Japan over the perquisite 5 year period. Certain applicants will be given preference, so they will be able to secure “permanent residence” in just two years. The successful applicants will be given the status of "No. 1 Advanced professional” or “No. 2 advanced professional”. The visa will also provide for travel by the applicant’s parents.

One of the most appealing aspects of these provisions will be the prospect of workers in Japan having the flexibility to live there. I would however caution the parents of these applicants to travel around Japan as a tourist before you apply for this visa because you will lose the benefit of being a tourist - namely the Japan Rail Pass. Another appealing aspect for the applicants will be the prospect of their parents being able to freely enter Japan, and even live in Japan. This has great appeal because you can imagine that:
1. Parents can live half year say in their home country like the Philippines, Thailand, China and the United States
2. Children can buy a foreclosed property in the depopulated rural areas of Japan for their parents. These houses can be bought for as little as $10-15,000 when I looked.

Japan is struggling to attract people into its rural areas. Might we expect a revival with liberalisation such as this under consideration. Such provisions are likely to have mixed results. We might expect people to welcome the prospect of money and development that it brings, but they might also experience a shock from the cultural clash, as elderly foreigners in Japan might be expected to bring 'stoic' ways from the old country. In any respect, it will add a dynamic to Japan's rural areas. Of course this type of living is not for everyone. But it will surely appeal to those high income 'high calibre' migrants from the developing world, who will be looking for a better life for their parents, as well as the support that only parents can provide.

One of the fabulous aspects of living in this period is the new options or flexibilities that are made possible as barriers between countries dissolve.

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Major cities of Japan

資料:各都市の推計人口(ホームページ) Japan's major cities:
札幌市 Sapporo 仙台市 Sendai さいたま市 Saitama 千葉市 Chiba
東京都区部 Tokyo-23 横浜市 Yokohama 川崎市 Kawasaki 新潟市 Niigata 静岡市 Shizuoka 浜松市 Hamamatsu 名古屋市 Nagoya 京都市 Kyoto 大阪市 Osaka 堺市 Sakai 神戸市 Kobe 広島市 Hiroshima 北九州市 Kitakyushu 福岡市 Fukuoka

Cities and towns of Tokyo

競売物件購入 keibai buttsuken kounyu 千代田区 Chiyoda-ku 八王子市 Hachioji-shi 羽村市 Hamura-shi 中央区 Chuo-ku 立川市 Tachikawa-shi あきる野市 Akiruno-shi 港区 Minato-ku 武蔵野市 Musashino-shi 西東京市 Nishitokyo-shi 新宿区 Shinjuku-ku 三鷹市 Mitaka-shi 文京区 Bunkyo-ku 青梅市 Ome-shi 郡部 Towns and villages 台東区 Taito-ku 府中市 Fuchu-shi 瑞穂町 Mizuho-machi
墨田区 Sumida-ku 昭島市 Akishima-shi 日の出町 Hinode-machi 江東区 Koto-ku 調布市 Chofu-shi 檜原村 Hinohara-mura 品川区 Shinagawa-ku 町田市 Machida-shi 奥多摩町 Okutama-machi 目黒区 Meguro-ku 小金井市 Koganei-shi 大田区 Ota-ku 小平市 Kodaira-shi 島部 Islands 世田谷区 Setagaya-ku 日野市 Hino-shi 大島町 Oshima-machi 渋谷区 Shibuya-ku 東村山市 Higashimurayama-shi 利島村 Toshima-mura
中野区 Nakano-ku 国分寺市 Kokubunji-shi 新島村 Niijima-mura 杉並区 Suginami-ku 国立市 Kunitachi-shi 神津島村 Kouzushima-mura 豊島区 Toshima-ku 福生市 Fussa-shi 三宅村 Miyake-mura 北区 Kita-ku 狛江市 Komae-shi 御蔵島村 Mikurajima-mura 荒川区 Arakawa-ku 東大和市 Higashiyamato-shi 八丈町 Hachijo-machi 板橋区 Itabashi-ku 清瀬市 Kiyose-shi 青ケ島村 Aogashima-mura 練馬区 Nerima-ku 東久留米市 Higashikurume-shi 小笠原村 Ogasawara-mura 足立区 Adachi-ku 武蔵村山市 Musashimurayama-shi 葛飾区 Katsushika-ku 多摩市 Tama-shi 江戸川区 Edogawa-ku 稲城市 Inagi-shi

Cities & Towns of Saitama

競売物件購入 keibai buttsuken kounyu 西区 Nishi-ku 北区 Kita-ku 大宮区 Omiya-ku 見沼区 Minuma-ku 中央区 Chuo-ku 桜区 Sakura-ku 浦和区 Urawa-ku 南区 Minami-ku 緑区 Midori-ku Cities (-shi) さいたま市 Saitama-shi 川越市 Kawagoe-shi 熊谷市 Kumagaya-shi 川口市 Kawaguchi-shi 行田市 Gyoda-shi 秩父市 Chichibu-shi 所沢市 Tokorozawa-shi 飯能市 Hanno-shi 加須市 Kazo-shi 本庄市 Honjo-shi 東松山市 Higashi-Matsuyama-shi 岩槻市 Iwatski-shi 春日部市 Kasukabe-shi 狭山市 Sayama-shi 羽生市 Hanyu-shi 鴻巣市 Kounosu-shi 深谷市 Fukaya-shi 上尾市 Ageo-shi 草加市 Souka-shi 越谷市 Koshigaya-shi 蕨 市 Warabi-shi 戸田市 Toda-shi 入間市 Iruma-shi 鳩ケ谷市 Hatogaya-shi 朝霞市 Asaka-shi 志木市 Shiki-shi 和光市 Wako-shi 新座市 Niiza-shi 桶川市 Okegawa-shi 久喜市 Kuki-shi 北本市 Kitamoto-shi 八潮市 Yasio-shi 富士見市 Fujimi-shi 上福岡市 Kami-fukuoka-shi 三郷市 Misato-shi 蓮田市 Hasuda-shi 坂戸市 Sakado-shi 幸手市 Satte-shi 鶴ケ島市 Tsurogashima-shi 日高市 Hidaka-shi 吉川市 Yoshikawa-shi 北足立郡 Districts (-gun) 伊奈町 Ina-machi or ko 吹上町 Fukiage-machi 大井町 Oi-machi 三芳町 Miyoshi-machi 毛呂山町 Moroyama-machi 越生町 Ogose-machi 名栗村 Naguri-mura

Cities &Towns of Kanagawa

競売物件購入 keibai buttsuken kounyu 県計 市部計 郡部計 横浜市 鶴見区 神奈川区 西区 中区 南区 港南区 保土ヶ谷区 旭区 磯子区 金沢区 港北区 緑区 青葉区 都筑区 戸塚区 栄区 泉区 瀬谷区 川崎市 川崎区 幸区 中原区 高津区 宮前区 多摩区 麻生区 横須賀市 平塚市 鎌倉市 藤沢市 小田原市 茅ヶ崎市 逗子市 相模原市 三浦市 秦野市 厚木市 大和市 伊勢原市 海老名市 座間市 南足柄市 綾瀬市 三浦郡葉山町 高座郡寒川町 中郡 大磯町 二宮町 足柄上郡 中井町 大井町 松田町 山北町 開成町 足柄下郡 箱根町 真鶴町 湯河原町 愛甲郡 愛川町 清川村

Cities & Towns of Chiba

競売物件購入 keibai buttsuken kounyu 県計 市計 郡計 千葉市 中央区 花見川区 稲毛区 若葉区 緑区 美浜区 銚子市 市川市 船橋市 館山市 木更津市 松戸市 野田市 佐原市 茂原市 成田市 佐倉市 東金市 八日市場市 旭市 習志野市 柏市 勝浦市 市原市 流山市 八千代市 我孫子市 鴨川市 鎌ヶ谷市 君津市 富津市 浦安市 四街道市 袖ケ浦市 八街市 印西市 白井市 富里市

Cities & Towns of Osaka

競売物件購入 keibai buttsuken kounyu 総 数 府 保 健 所 計 池 田 池田市 豊能町  箕面市  能勢町  豊中豊中市  吹 田 吹田市 茨木摂津市  茨木市 島本町 枚方枚方市  寝屋川 寝屋川市 守口 守口市  門真市 四條畷 四條畷市 交野市  大東市 八 尾 八尾市  柏原市  藤井寺 松原市  羽曳野市 藤井寺市 富田林 大阪狭山市 富田林市 河内長野市 河南町  太子町  千早赤阪村 和泉和泉市  泉大津市 高石市  忠岡町  岸和田 岸和田市 貝塚市  泉佐野 泉佐野市 熊取町 田尻町  泉南市  阪南市  岬町 大 阪 市 堺市 高槻市 東大阪市  

Cities & Towns of Hiroshima

競売物件購入 keibai buttsuken kounyu 県計 広島市 広島市中区 広島市東区 広島市南区 広島市西区 広島市安佐南区 広島市安佐北区 広島市安芸区 広島市佐伯区 呉市 竹原市 三原市 尾道市 福山市 府中市 三次市 庄原市 大竹市 東広島市 廿日市市 安芸高田市 江田島市 府中町 海田町 熊野町 坂町 安芸太田町 北広島町 大崎上島町 世羅町 神石高原町