Thursday, December 12, 2013

Abe's Policies Felt Big In Commercial Real Estate

Abe's Policies Felt Big In Commercial Real Estate

TOKYO (Nikkei)--The term Abenomic's has been coined by economic pundits to describe the potential result of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's expansionary economic policies: Asset Bubble Economics, or "ABE."

Abe's penchant for policies that risk creating asset bubbles was already noticeable during his first time as prime minister in 2006.

When it was certain that he would be coming back as prime minister, the Japanese stock market responded with a rally. Real estate markets are beginning to explode again like it was in the 1980's, as investors are flooding it to capitalize on the effects of  Abenomics on asset prices.

Larger Impact

The Liberal Democratic Party's return to power landslide lower house victory happened just when the real estate market was emerging from the "2012 problem," a much-feared glut in the office building market caused by so many new office towers going up in 2012. Office rents had started showing signs of bottoming out.

True to his economic policy agenda, marked by huge public spending and aggressive monetary easing, Abe quickly clinched a deal with the Bank of Japan to set a formal inflation target of 2%.

Experts are pointing out that even this modest amount of inflation could trigger a steep upswing in property prices, which tend to fluctuate far more wildly than consumer prices.

"When consumer prices rise 2%, land prices grow 50%," says Toji Akamura, a senior analyst in charge of the property market real estate Securities. in Tokyo.

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