Comments on: Buy now to beat the consumption tax increase … or don’t How to make, save and spend money in Japan. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:29:48 +0000 hourly 1 By: Gio Makyo Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:41:54 +0000 It will be interesting to see how the consumption tax increase plays out … just read in the NYT yesterday how Portugal bumped up their consumption tax and anticipated an 11% rise in tax revenue, but the actual result was a 2% DROP in revenue due to lessened consumption!

By: Troy Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:41:58 +0000 Wow, this article got good after the jump!

Land is sold on the bid, so theoretically the tax level is neither here nor there to the final consumer cost.

5% or 50%, we will pay what we can afford to borrow!

Plus the land component has an approximate production cost of ¥0, so there’s still plenty of producer price surplus in valuations, especially in the Tokyo area still.

And as for population, the numbers are . . . sobering. Japan’s age 20-40 population was 36M in 2000, is 32M now, and is going to fall to 23M by 2030. Tokyo won’t collapse that bad, but 9M missing people is the populations of Shikoku AND Hokkaido!

Takes a brave soul to go long land in Japan. Especially since taxes have to go up a lot from here, really.