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Old 09-20-2016, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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While reading about the surplus of empty houses in South Korea (outside Seoul), I've found out the number of empty houses is even bigger in Japan. According to this article, most Japanese houses are built to last just 30 years, and then razed and rebuilt. For some reason that has not happened, and there are supposedly 8 million vacant houses called akiya.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/79297b7e-2...b60e8f08c.html

To put this in some perspective, there are 18 million vacant houses in the USA (pop. estimated 323 million). Japan's population is 127 million, which seems crazy to me because our country is comparatively HUGE. Japan must be super crowded. In the USA, I'd argue that many houses are also built to be disposable (drywall, plywood etc.).

Some more interesting reading:
3.5 Million Americans are Homeless. 18.6 Million Homes are Empty. WHAT's WRONG? - The Ring of Fire Network

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...lly-shrinking/

U.S. Population in 2016 According to Census Estimates: 322,762,018 | US News Opinion
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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My wife and I have talked about possibly buying one of these houses to use for vacationing and also as a foothold for opening up a couple businesses in Japan.
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Do your research first. According to the articles I've read, rot and insect damage may be big problems with the used houses. It may make more sense (just not environmentally) to replace the house.
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