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Japan's 'quiet property bubble' deflating

The number of property transactions has tumbled, rents have been muted and inflation expectations have waned
Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 05:50
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BEARISH: Real estate investors are becoming more sceptical about gains in Japanese property after declines in global stocks and commodity prices, and buyers have become more risk averse. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Tokyo

IN Japan, the number of property transactions has tumbled, rents have been muted and inflation expectations have waned. That's prompting a growing number of analysts and economists to turn bearish on property prices, which have been recovering since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to