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Japan grapples with problem of decaying, vacant homes

Shrinking population and the young migrating to urban centres add to decay

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Building owners opt to retain old and vacant structures in order to avoid high taxes levied on empty land.

Tokyo

JAPAN'S problems with a rapidly ageing and declining population have been widely publicised. Less so however, is that there is vast stock of ageing and dilapidated houses that could turn many population centres into "ghost towns" in the fairly near future.

The Vacant Houses

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