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by eltrienar · Published December 2, 2019
Japan A free house may sound like a scam. But Japan faces an unusual property problem: it has more homes than people to live in them. In 2013, there were 61 million houses and 52 million households, according to the Japan Policy Forum. And the situation is poised to get worse. Japan’s population is expected to decline from 127 million to about 88 million by 2065, according to the National Institute of Population and Social Security, meaning even fewer people will need houses. As young people leave rural areas for city jobs, Japan’s countryside has become haunted by deserted “ghost” houses, known as “akiya.”
by eltrienar · Published October 12, 2019