Comments on: Back to business as usual for condominium developers? How to make, save and spend money in Japan. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:29:48 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jeffrey Fri, 11 Nov 2011 16:53:53 +0000 “. . . a forthrightly upscale facility that targets high-income buyers, in particular foreigners who are looking for a second home in Japan’s second biggest city.”

And how many dozens does this demographic amount to? Or, as I suspect, we can count the number on the hands of a not particularly clever yakuza?

Japan’s major cities are only now beginning to approach the density common to other larger urban areas in the developed world. But in a country with what is probably an irreversible (I hope) population decline, smaller scale developments in the outer boroughs (meaning less than an hour from the city core) are what the country needs, not highrises.