Masako Tsubuku

For Masako Tsubuku's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Resort condos: an option for home buyers

| Aug 6, 2016

Resort condos: an option for home buyers

As everyone in Japan now knows, there are millions of vacant houses and apartments throughout the country, many of which are on sale for a song. The money and effort needed to renovate these properties, however, often isn’t worth it given how inexpensive new ...

A rise in vacancies won't mean drops in rent

| Jul 2, 2016

A rise in vacancies won't mean drops in rent

According to the June 11 issue of Nikkan Gendai, the vacancy rate for rental properties in the 23 wards of Tokyo is currently 33.7 percent, while in surrounding prefectures, it’s even higher: 35.5 percent in Kanagawa and 34.1 percent in Chiba. One real estate ...

There's no hiding in Japan's toilets

| Jun 4, 2016

There's no hiding in Japan's toilets

When it comes to toilets, Japan presents several paradoxes. On the one hand, public toilets are ubiquitous, easy to access and, for the most part, quite clean. On the other hand, they can also be primitive, or at least to a Western sensibility. Though ...