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The Japanese state minister for foreign affairs, Keisuke Suzuki and the Moroccan minister delegate to the minister of foreign affairs, Mohcine Jazouli, sat down and inked a deal. It is called the “Agreement Between Japan And The Kingdom Of Morocco For The Promotion And Protection Of Investment” (shorthand: The Japan-Morocco Investment Agreement). It will protect and promote investment between Japan and Morocco even more so than in the past. It deals with how one signatory...

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The ruling coalition, composed of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito, officially decided tax reform guidelines for 2020, on Thursday afternoon. The government will create a preferential tax regime for large companies investing in startups for business innovation. The small investment tax exemption system (called “NISA,” which was implemented in 2012) will be replaced by a new system, and NISA will continue to be funded. The government will emphasize tax cuts so that companies...

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This month, M&G Real Estate (the real estate fund manager for M&G Investments, a UK company that manages 33.5 billion pounds in assets) made a major purchase of Japanese real estate. It bought 12 residential properties, which are currently tenanted at nearly 100%. It bought these buildings in Fukuoka, Kyoto, Osaka, and the nation’s capital, Tokyo. It purchased properties in some of the most expensive parts of each city/metropolis. Prior to this purchase, it already...

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In the Japanese government, the ruling coalition has decided to grant a tax break to companies that invest in 5G (a new cellular phone and data networking standard). The ruling coalition includes the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Komeitō. In order to qualify, a company needs to help develop a 5G base station. They can then declare the expenses on their taxes, and deduct 15% of those expenses from their corporate taxes. Another requirement...

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In the run up to the Olympics, many (particularly those that do not yet themselves own real estate in Japan) will tell you that the Tokyo real estate market is “overpriced”. When making an assumption about any price being “high” or “low” you must provide a benchmark or comparison upon which to base your statement. Something can only be “overpriced” if you first understand its fair value. Without an understanding of fair or ‘intrinsic’ value...

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On July 28, JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, an American firm specializing in commercial real estate around the world) announced preliminary figures for Japan’s commercial real estate investment in the first nine months of 2019, up to the third quarter. In the first nine months, it was 3.159 trillion yen (up 2% year-on-year), and in the third quarter it was 0.917 trillion yen (up 9% year-on-year). The first half of the year (January to June)...