Japan to boost stock of low-cost housing

The Japanese government is trying to find ways to boost the availability of low-cost housing to provide for the increasing number of elderly and the growing army of young people who are trying to survive on low salaries, especially those with one or more part-time jobs.

As the stock of low rent public housing cannot meet current needs, the government is considering ways to utilise the huge number of vacant houses in Japan.

This, say proponents of the idea, would help satisfy housing needs and at the same time address the potentially risks to public safety from abandoned houses.

Source: ITTO