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My father passed away and I had no choice but to leave it empty. I’m glad to see it put to good use.

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An Osaka City resident in her 60s, referring to a building previously used by her father as an office, that has been vacant for seven years. It is now an ice cream store. Owners of vacant houses are taking advantage of leasing services that renovate such homes and sublease them as residences or shops.

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I wish some of the owners of the local eyesores around here would also take advantage of these services.

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There are too many beyond reforming and need demolishing but then the land taxes kick in.

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There are too many beyond reforming and need demolishing but then the land taxes kick in

which is the DUMBEST thing about Japanese law. There are over 9 million Akiya in Japan and the main cause of that is the land tax BS they have here. Just do away with it already.

The house in front of mine is an Akiya and so are sooo many in our neighborhood.

Tokyo alone has over 2 million empty houses

They need to do something about that.

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There are over 9 million Akiya in Japan and the main cause of that is the land tax BS they have here. Just do away with it already.

Also, people avoid inheriting them because then the 'second-home' tax will kick in.

How about an amnesty? If there is such a property in your family, you have one year to claim it and you'll be exempt from taxes for (5 years). After one year, any remaining akiya will be demolished and the land sold. I'm sure there are a billion problems with this plan (cost for one), so any better ideas?

How about promising to turn a blind eye if the 'owners' want to take a gallon of gasoline and a match to it?

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Jeans and T-shirt

Some good ideas you put forth there

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