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2019.06.13

【Aging, safety net and fiscal crisis in Japan】No.196: The Housing Vacancy Rate across the Country was 13.6% in 2018

In this column series, Yukihiro Matsuyama, Research Director at CIGS introduces the latest information about aging, safety net and fiscal crisis in Japan with data of international comparison.

In Column No. 134, I explained that the housing vacancy rate across the country was 13.5%, based on 2013 statistics. The government conducts a housing survey every five years. In April 2019, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announced the results of the 2018 survey. As shown in Figure 1, the number of houses in Japan increased from 21.09 million in 1963 to 62.42 million in 2018. However, during the same period, the vacancy rate also rose from 2.5% to 13.6%, with the number of unoccupied houses reaching 8.46 million in 2018 (Figure 2).


Figure 1. Number of houses across the country

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Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications


Figure 2. Number of vacant houses and vacancy rate

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Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications


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