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Japanese – Western Calendar Year Conversion

Japanese – Western Calendar Year Conversion

In Japan most people know and use the Western calendar year (西暦 seireki), Gregorian Calendar or Western Common Era (AD – Anno Domini). It gradually gained popularity since the Meiji Era, in particular after World War II. However, you often need to be familiar with the traditional Japanese calendar year when dealing with official documents […]

Beware of Lease Portal Sites

Beware of Lease Portal Sites

Tricks in Real Estate advertising I am sure most of you are familiar with SUUMO and LIFULL Homes. If you are looking for an apartment to rent in Japan, you may have come across either one of these two real estate portal sites. If you are not familiar, these websites or portal sites advertise “vacant” […]

Why Japanese Real Estate Depreciates

Why Japanese Real Estate Depreciates

The Disposable Home? Depreciation of Japanese Real Estate If you were to do a quick google search regarding Japanese Real Estate you probably will come across this question: Why is Japanese Real Estate considered disposable? Japan has 20% of the world’s strongest earthquakes with earthquakes reaching or above six on the Richter Scale. Following the […]