PositiveDeviant, on 13 July 2012 - 10:31 PM, said:
In contrast, a town on the most northerly Japanese island of Hokkaido is selling plots of land for pocket change.
The local authority of Yuni is selling 1 square meter (10.76 square feet) of building land for just Y120 (98p). In Tokyo, the same piece of land goes for an average of Y309,000 (£2,527).
The town, which is famous for Japan's largest herb garden and hot springs, has a population of 5,900 but that figure is being whittled away by around 100 people every year. Officials said they have had around 170 enquiries from prospective purchasers."
The ying and yang in Japan.
The conditions are you have 100 Tsubo of land for 40,000 yen but you must make a house on it AND LIVE THERE within 3 years. The land belongs to the town and they are trying everything to keep the population from sinking. Local, private land goes for 6,500 yen per tsubo so I guess private sellers must be a tad pissed off, to say the least. 100 tsubo is a large plot. However 5-6 months of the year the land is permafrost...though Hokkaido does have subsidised heating oil (kerosene) for now at least. Generally the moves (and births) are happening to the milder south and west of Japan, far away from the colder and contaminated north.
My own feeling is with a liquid fuel energy crisis on the horizon Hokkaido and the north is going to return to the sustainable numbers that lived their 150 years ago...so it has to be a big 'no no'. People will freeze/starve to death unless they are used to the 'Call to the wild'. Hokkaido is like Cananda/Alaska for those that dont know. Bears, snow, mountains, beauty and national parks. Its nice, if you like real winters.
"We are reaping what has been sown over the last three decades of creating a grotesquely unequal society with an ethos of grab as much as you can by any means. A society of looters created by MPs and their expenses, bankers and their bonuses, tax-evading corporations, hacking journalists, bribe-taking police officers, and now a group of alienated kids are seizing their chance. This is not to condone but to understand." - John McDonnell MP
"Things got a bit out of hand & we'd had a few drinks. We smashed the place up and Boris set fire to the toilets."
David Cameron, 7th June 1986.