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Tokyo property to shine despite economic uncertainty

Nikkei Asian Review

As featured by Nikkei Asian Review, Harry Tan (Head of Research, Asia-Pacific) talks about the real estate market in Tokyo.

April's earthquakes on the southern island of Kyushu have heightened downside risks to the Japanese economy, which is already facing headwinds from uneven global demand, especially the slowdown in China, as well as financial market volatility and tightened U.S. monetary policy. Even though the quake will have a moderate negative impact on short-term economic momentum and growth, it is not likely to affect medium-term purchasing sentiment and capital interest in the Tokyo real estate market.

Compared to the Kobe and Tohoku earthquakes of 2005 and 2011, respectively, the damage this time appears to be much smaller. Furthermore, current economic conditions are better underpinned by the positive tailwinds from the 2013 onset of Abenomics. Investors this time are therefore not likely to react as negatively and will probably instead stay focused on the longer-term prospects of the economy, Abenomics and the property market heading into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  

The appreciation of the yen is also not likely to sidetrack institutional investors' appetite: unlike retail investors, institutional funds looking at longer-term investment horizons are more focused on the fundamentals of project-level returns. Furthermore, most global investors use currency hedges which will mitigate any potential hit on returns.

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Harry Tan

Harry Tan

Head of Research, Asia Pacific

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