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Japan's shrinking population leaves record 8 million homes empty

The number jumped by 260,000 in a twice-a-decade survey released by the government on Friday, reaching 13.6 per cent of housing

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Paul Panckhurst | Bloomberg
A record 8.46 million Japanese homes are sitting vacant as builders keep adding stock in a country where the population is shrinking.

The number jumped by 260,000 in a twice-a-decade survey released by the government on Friday, reaching 13.6 percent of housing, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.

Many of the properties are for future sale or rental or vacation. However, some are abandoned, posing hazards, the news service reported. Vacancy rates were highest in a prefecture that’s home to the northern part of Mount Fuji, which is a popular area for holiday homes. However more people moving from rural areas to metropolitan

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First Published: Apr 29 2019 | 11:42 PM IST

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