Japan to set target for curbing rise in abandoned houses

posted on January 23, 2016

The government will work to keep the total number of abandoned houses and apartments in Japan at some 4 million or fewer in fiscal 2025, as the total is otherwise projected to exceed 5 million in the year, it was learned on Thursday.

The target is included in a new 10-year national housing plan drawn up by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The plan will be presented at a meeting of the ministry's Panel on Infrastructure Development on Friday, for cabinet approval in March.

To meet the 4-million target, the plan calls for bringing some abandoned houses and apartments back to the housing market and removing others. It also proposes offering such houses and apartments to low-income earners and child-rearing families.

source by jiji
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