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Despite a deeply rooted national aversion to waste, discarded homes are spreading across Japan like a blight in a garden. Long-term vacancy rates have climbed significantly higher than in the United States or Europe, and some eight million dwellings are now unoccupied, according to a government count. Nearly half of them have been forsaken completely — neither for sale nor for rent, they simply sit there, in varying states of disrepair.

Many of Japan’s vacant houses have been inherited by people who have no use for them and yet are unable to sell, because of a shortage of interested buyers. But demolishing them involves tactful questions about property rights, and about who should pay the costs. The government passed a law this year to promote demolition of the most dilapidated homes, but experts say the tide of newly emptied ones will be hard to stop.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/24/world/a-sprawl-of-abandoned-homes-in-tokyo-suburbs.html?ref=world&_r=0

Edited by Eddie_George

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Aren't the Japanese going to be extinct anyway sometime this century? A misathropic mindset toward immigration and with an aversion to sexual activity unless it involves pixels things are not looking good for house prices in Japan.

I saw a strange piece on TV about a Japanese woman who had created life size dummies of her former neighbors and their children in order to populate her almost deserted village-she had them sitting on benches or in the kids playground and the school- it was like an episode of the twilight zone in this place- all these fake people everywhere. Incredibly poignant and sad to see.

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Because China has invaded Japan roughly how many times?

I think the reasoning goes that at 2-0 China have some catching up to do.

But surely China will invade the Republic of China first? (as it is occupied territory at the moment)

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Japan is shrinking but the current projections are something like 80 million people in 2050. Still more than the uk. Similar country size...

Also Japanese throw everything out. Efficient, pretty good at recycling,throw everything out. Small houses, almost everything is disposable.

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Japan should become part of the EU (well, why not....Australia were in the Eurovision!) - and then they can deal with the overspill of migrants that the UK is dealing with. Don't worry about how the migrants will travel half way around the world - they'll find a way.

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I wonder what the muslim population figure is in Japan? Probably less than 1%.

1.6% of the population is non-Japanese, so I'd imagine the muslim population would be very much less than 1%.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_issues_in_Japan

About 2,000,000 non-Japanese in Japan, roughly the same number of people who've migrated to the UK in the last 4 (four) years - using official figures: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/migration1/migration-statistics-quarterly-report/february-2015/stb-msqr-feb-2015.html

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Japan should become part of the EU (well, why not....Australia were in the Eurovision!) - and then they can deal with the overspill of migrants that the UK is dealing with. Don't worry about how the migrants will travel half way around the world - they'll find a way.

So we need to make some adverts to promote Great Japan.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/suncolumnists/6602456/Sun-on-Sunday-columnist-Tony-Parsons-says-a-UK-home-is-a-Britons-right-not-a-migrants.html

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Perhaps they should consider migrants, there are millions who would be willing. UK boomers sorted............care home staff, service sector staff, house price Ponzi propped. All covert Government policy for the boomer politicians , don't tell the kids as its screwing them good and proper.

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Two thirds of Japan is or will be virtually uninhabitable in our lifetimes. The fall out from Fukushima is yet to be properly assessed and then theirs those troublesome cores. Corium will find itself in Japans water table and main aquifer if it hasn't already.

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Don't the Japanese also like to have new houses unlike the UK so the second-hand ones are left on the shelf so to speak? Someone on here (Fa-Fa perhaps) mentioned it.

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Two thirds of Japan is or will be virtually uninhabitable in our lifetimes. The fall out from Fukushima is yet to be properly assessed and then theirs those troublesome cores. Corium will find itself in Japans water table and main aquifer if it hasn't already.

Where did you hear that. Sounds like absolute rubbish to me. Not many people living round Fukushima. Like everywhere else in the world water is generally sourced locally or from mountains so ...?

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Where did you hear that. Sounds like absolute rubbish to me. Not many people living round Fukushima. Like everywhere else in the world water is generally sourced locally or from mountains so ...?

Various estimates put the fallout equivalent at between 6 Hiroshima style A-bombs per day to 900 every hour. Yes it could be as high as the equivalent of 10million nuclear bombs already, no one know. What we do know is that there are 100s tonnes of radioactive corium fissioning releasing hot particles, mostly caesium and iodine and to a lesser extent but no less deadly polonium (in fact probably more so as it's an order of magnitude more deadly than ricin).

Japan is sick. I won't be going there anytime soon.

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References please? Your own estimates don't count unless they have been published in a scientific journal. You are making it up. Japan is made up of 4 main islands and hundreds of smaller islands. Most of it very remote to Fukushima. Alpine ranges and active volcanoes render much of Japan uninhabitable anyway.

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References please? Your own estimates don't count unless they have been published in a scientific journal. You are making it up. Japan is made up of 4 main islands and hundreds of smaller islands. Most of it very remote to Fukushima. Alpine ranges and active volcanoes render much of Japan uninhabitable anyway.

OK so I made it up. If you think it's safe then you have nothing to worry.

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OK so I made it up. If you think it's safe then you have nothing to worry.

Japan has mountains running down the middle that stop radiation from spreading.

The reactor in question was nothing like that in Chernobyl and the risks far lower. Hence the smaller exclusion zone. Those living nearby have geiger counters to check the radiation levels. The only large city nearby is Sendai, well away from the exclusion zone.

But as you did not evidence your statements, but hid behind glib responses, I actually do think that you made them up.

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Don't the Japanese also like to have new houses unlike the UK so the second-hand ones are left on the shelf so to speak? Someone on here (Fa-Fa perhaps) mentioned it.

Houses ate only designed to be used by the purchasers and tend to have about 30 year life spans. People do not want second hand houses and demolish the old one before erecting a new one in its place. Land is worth more without a house on it than with a house because of the demolition coats.

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