Japan logs first drop in urban land prices in 23 quarters


Japan logged the first drop in land prices in any major city in 23 quarters in April due to the effects of the coronavirus epidemic, a land ministry survey showed Friday.

As of April 1, land prices were down from the previous quarter in four of the urban locations the ministry surveys nationwide as hotel-related demand sank amid the spread of COVID-19, according to the quarterly report.

The four included a location in front of Gifu Station in Gifu Prefecture and the Marugame district in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture.

Areas with business that rely on tourism were heavily damaged by the coronavirus crisis, the report said.

Land prices also fell in Yokohama’s Motomachi district and the Fukuoka’s Ohori district.

Of the 100 places surveyed, 73 saw prices increase, down from 97 in the previous survey. Prices stayed flat in 23 locations, up from three.

Prices, however, remained firm in metropolitan areas such as Osaka, where a fall in hotel-related demand was offset by an increase in demand linked to offices.

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