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The Top 5 Luxury Real Estate Markets in Asia

The Asian property market has come up in a big way especially within the luxury real estate segment. The following post takes a quick look at the top luxury real estate destinations within the Asian property market. If you are looking towards investing in the luxury real estate of Asia, the region’s property market will […]

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Tokyo Nobody by Japanese Photographer Masataka Nakano

Great Japanese photographer Masataka Nakano spent 11 years on a project that sought to capture Tokyo when empty, no simple task in a city inhabited by 35 million people. In front of the Shibuya station, Ginza street lined with large buildings, the normally over-crowded mega-city is eerily silent with no people, hence the title “Tokyo Nobody”.

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Expats Renting in Tokyo are Paying the Most in the World

Tokyo’s rents are the highest in the world for expatriates followed by Moscow and Hong Kong, where prices surged 22%, the biggest yearly increase, according to a survey by ECA International

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Good Cause: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami – Donate Now

Relief workers from around the world are treating the injured, providing psychological support and distributing relief items in the aftermath of a massive earthquake which hit Japan on 11 March. The earthquake, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, triggered a tsunami which hit the east coast of Japan with 7-metre-high waves. Find out how you can help International Organisations.

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The Stair House in Japan

“Stair House” is a family home in Japan that is a staircase from the bottom to the top on one side, glass slits in-between the treads of the steps allow sunlight to filter dramatically but efficiently into the house, whilst carefully balancing the desire for openness with the need for privacy.

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The Plus House in Honshu, Japan

Cool colours, a peaceful setting, outstanding views juxtoposed with such angular strength, the Plus House protrudes with confident prowess from a mountain in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture on the main island of Honshu. Delicately balanced, the two main blocks of the building are perpendicular to one another.

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Belgian Architecture Inspired by Japanese Real Estate

Simon Turner of Marquette Turner Luxury Homes writes: It may seem an interesting combination, but this property in Gent, Belgium, the work of Wim Goes Architectuur having taken their inspiration from Japan, works very well. The home is in the style of a Farmhouse, made of natural looking wood and simply oozes warmth and sensibility all year round.

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Real Estate: How to Make Smaller Spaces Look Bigger

Japanese artchitects perhaps face one of the greatest challenges when it comes to constructing real estate, given the size contraints within they must confine their work In the example shown in this video, “the Penguin House” ingeniously uses light, sight lines and height to give the illusion of greater space.

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Who’s in Recession? Germany, Japan, US and the UK

The news is moving more quickly than I can keep up with. I have just arrived back to the office after running my dogs and CNN announced that Germany is in recession. So when we look at the world’s largest five economies, three are in recession, the United States is all but in recession and […]

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Reserve Bank has blood on its hands – We must have further interest rate cuts – NOW!

Part 1 of a 2 Part Report (read Part 1) Yesterday’s rate cut of 75 basis points 0.75%) was the right decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). Fifty points (0.5%) definitely would not have been enough after the release of some of the worst economic data in many years. I had predicted in […]

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