Masako Tsubuku

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

Abandoned buildings still house problems

| Dec 3, 2016

Abandoned buildings still house problems

Japan’s vacant house problem will become worse before it becomes better. According to government estimates there are 8 million residences in Japan with no one living in them, a number that Bloomberg reports will increase to 20 million by 2033, representing a third of ...

Earthquake standards are on shaky ground

| Nov 5, 2016

Earthquake standards are on shaky ground

No one died in the recent earthquake that struck Tottori Prefecture, but the temblor was strong enough to cause extensive damage. Several thousand people are still in evacuation centers, which means it is not safe for them to live in their homes. Most of ...

Tokyo faces declining condominium prices

| Oct 1, 2016

Tokyo faces declining condominium prices

In Japan’s housing market, there has always been one verity: Certain parts of Tokyo will always be popular and, therefore, profitable for developers. However, according to various media reports, that verity may have collapsed, at least when it comes to new condominiums. In its ...

For elderly residents, city life doesn't get old

| Sep 3, 2016

For elderly residents, city life doesn't get old

The government in Japan is facing an immediate demographic crisis with regards to seniors, whose numbers relative to the general population are increasing rapidly. One of the main problems is where they are going to live out their lives. According to a 2015 report ...