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2019-09-01
Tokyo-A Home for Everyone
東京―みんなの家

When we think of Tokyo, we often think of the high costs that come with living in a busy first-world city. However, there is one area where Tokyo compares well to the world: housing costs.

Although the population of Japan has been decreasing, Tokyo is still expanding. For example, in Tokyo's Minato ward, population grew 66% between 1995 and 2015. However, compared to Los Angeles and London, Tokyo home prices have remained quite stable. In Minato ward, housing prices during this period grew by only 45%. In San Francisco, they increased by 231%. In London? A shocking 441%. Clearly, Tokyo is doing something right.

There are three main reasons for Tokyo's affordable housing costs. The first and most important is that Tokyo is a city that is always being rebuilt. Because companies are able to build larger buildings to improve safety, they are encouraged to build larger in order to increase profits. In addition, because there are a variety of house sizes, people have the option of trading living space for a lower monthly rent.

The next reason is related to the strong property laws in Japan. Owners have the right to make full use of their land. Owners replace old buildings quickly and truly offers benefits to renters and homeowners in both style and price.

The last reason is connected to Tokyo’s geography. Because of the many earthquakes in the Kanto region, buildings often need to be replaced. This allows for improved safety features, new designs, and creative use of Tokyo’s limited space. It also means that prices can be kept from increasing too fast.

Although managing money is a challenge for people in any modern city, Tokyo balances this issue by offering a comfortable way to find a home at a good price. This is just one of the great features of Tokyo that will allow it to meet future challenges with flexibility and fresh ideas.

Key Vocabulary

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expanding [verb] サイズや規模が成長する、大きくなる,   remain [verb] 存在し続ける、他が去った後も残る,   affordable [adj] 安価な、合理的な価格の,   have the right to [other] 法律や規制等に基づいて出来ること,   issue [noun] 問題、議論や解決することが求められる何か,  

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Clearly, Tokyo is doing something right.

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