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The overall variety of new housing begins in Japan in 2021 reached 865,909 models, a rise of 6.6% versus 2020 and the primary improve in three years. That is as lately introduced by the Ministry of Land.

By utilization kind, the variety of owned homes elevated by 6.9%. versus 2020 to 281,279 models, rising for the primary time in three years. The variety of rental homes elevated by 9.2% to 337,520 models, the primary improve in 5 years.

The variety of residential models constructed particularly on the market elevated by 3.9% to 248,384 models, the primary improve in three years. On this phase, condominiums decreased by 5.0% to 102,762 models for the third consecutive yr and single-family properties elevated by 11.4% to 144,124 models.

By area

All main areas in Japan noticed a rise in new housing begins, however the variety of built-for-sale models dropped by 1.5% versus 2020 within the higher Tokyo area, pulled down by a double-digit drop within the variety of built-for-sale condominiums.

Lengthy-term traits

New housing begins are up for the primary time in three years however are nonetheless under the extent seen previous to the pandemic. In 2019, housing begins totaled 883,867 models. Previously twenty years, the bottom variety of new housing begins was 775,277 models in 2009, the yr following the good monetary disaster of 2008.

Japan New Housing Begins, 2002 to 2021
Whole New Housing Begins % Change v. Earlier 12 months
2002 1,145,553 -2.4%
2003 1,173,649 2.5%
2004 1,193,038 1.7%
2005 1,249,366 4.7%
2006 1,285,246 2.9%
2007 1,035,598 -19.4%
2008 1,039,214 0.3%
2009 775,277 -25.4%
2010 819,020 5.6%
2011 841,246 2.7%
2012 893,002 6.2%
2013 987,254 10.6%
2014 880,470 -10.8%
2015 920,537 4.6%
2016 974,137 5.8%
2017 946,396 -2.8%
2018 952,936 0.7%
2019 883,687 -7.3%
2020 812,164 -8.1%
2021 865,909 6.6%

Japan faces a long-term demographic decline, with the variety of newborns falling to a report low in 2021, marking six straight years of decline (Ministry of Health). The variety of deaths in 2021 was additionally at a report excessive in 2020 and the best determine for the reason that finish of World Struggle II in 1945.

In consequence, Japan’s inhabitants had its largest inhabitants drop on report, falling by 644,000 to only over 125.5 million in 2021, reflecting a decline in overseas residents amid tighter border controls over the coronavirus pandemic and the quickly growing old society (Kyodo).

Japan faces a twin problem of a declining workforce and a graying inhabitants. Previous to the pandemic the tempo of inhabitants decline was slowing, helped by a rise in overseas staff coming to the nation below a relaxed visa system to assist ease the labor scarcity (please see this text on Japan’s specified visa system, which began in 2019).

Nevertheless, coronavirus-related border management measures successfully shut the border to new immigration within the final two years. Japan began permitting the entry of overseas college students and long-term staff beginning in March this yr and plans to permit some overseas tour teams to enter the nation, probably as early as the top of Might.

Japan’s building business, particularly, faces a extreme labor scarcity. Pandemic-related provide chain points have additionally elevated materials prices.


Supply: Housing starts statistical survey report, 2021, Ministry of Land (PDF in Japanese)

Lead picture: Deliberate personal housing building website in a Tokyo suburb by way of iStock 1308271563


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