Category Archives: Japanese property system

How can I register my ownership of the property (Transfer of Ownership Registration) after conveyance?

You can register your ownership by submitting application forms to the Legal Affairs Bureau. Examination at the Legal Affairs Bureau will take one or two weeks after submission. After the procedures of the registration are completed, you can obtain the certificate of your ownership. Anyone can take the certificate by paying a ¥600 fee. You …

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How can I check and confirm rights relating to a particular land or building?

You can investigate property details by obtaining the certificate of registration for the property at the Legal Affairs Bureau. The certificate can be issued quickly, about 10-20 minutes after submission of the application form, and the fee is ¥600. The certificate is issued only in Japanese, unfortunately not in English. The certificate of the registration …

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Is there a time limit on owning a property after purchase?

No. You can own a property permanently until you convey the property to someone else. You can have a right of the ownership of Japanese property. There is no time limit to keeping ownership of the property. You can also rent an office and a land. However, there is a time limit to the lease …

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Can a non-Japanese person or non-Japanese entity buy a property in Japan?

Yes. When buying a property in Japan, there is no limitation about nationality. For more information Shihoshoshi Lawyer Akiko HORI How to Buy a property in Japan

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Japanese real property law

Most nations follow one of two main legal systems: Common Law (in the USA, Britain, Australia etc.) and Civil Law (in France, Germany, other European countries and Japan). In the 19th century, Japan based its Civil Code on the legal codes of France and Germany, both Civil Law systems. Although it can be jointly owned, …

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Professionals for the real property registration system in Japan

In Japan, registered Land and Building Investigators and Shihoshosi lawyers are experts about real property registration system. Shihoshosi lawyers are responsible for preparing documents related to the registration of real property rights, such as ownership transfer and mortgage. Registered Land and Building Investigators are responsible for preparing documents necessary for the property description aspect of …

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Q&A : Real property in Japan

How is real property defined in Japan? In Japan, Civil law Article 86 says that “Land and any fixtures thereto are regarded as real property.” A fixture usually refers to a building. Also, Land and a building are each regarded as separate and independent pieces of real property. How is real property used in Japan? …

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Japanese Real Estate Lease

The Japanese treatment of land and buildings differs from that of most Western countries, where a building and the land it occupies form one estate. The Japanese law of property treats the land and any building on it as separate estates, subject to separate systems of registration. This follows the Japanese tradition that a building …

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Rights to property

Rights to property are generally conveyed by contract or succession, or by prescription. A conveyance of real property must be recorded at the local Legal Affairs Bureau to be valid. In some cases, where property rights were not recorded because someone acted in breach of trust or in bad faith, or failed in their duty …

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Japanese property system Part 2

Japanese property law distinguishes between ownership rights and rights of possession. Ownership involves having the title to property. It includes the right to use and enjoy the property, provided no-one else has possession, and to dispose of it in accordance with the law. Ownership rights continue until the property is transferred or lost or as …

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