Akari, Japan – For Tokyo-based real estate agent Akari and her husband, the most expensive thing in the world is to be right in the middle of it.
Akari’s apartment in the small city of Akari is an expensive rental in the traditional Japanese way of living.
She had to choose between renting out an old apartment or buying one.
But the choice was tough.
“I could rent for about $3,000 a month.
I could buy for $5,000, which is a lot less.
That is why I went for the former,” she told Al Jazeera.
“The most expensive place to buy is in Akari.
It’s like a dream.
I wanted to live there.”
In the past, renting was a luxury for rich people.
But it’s now becoming more of a necessity for many in Japan.
According to a survey conducted by research firm Demographia in 2016, the number of people living in their parents’ home declined by 1.2 million between 2015 and 2016, and by 1 million between 2016 and 2020.
As the housing crisis has hit Japan, prices have risen sharply.
In Tokyo alone, a $1,000 (RM50,000) house has risen to more than $2,000.
With the crisis deepening, some people are opting to live at home in Tokyo.
In 2018, a survey of Tokyo’s public housing residents found that only 3.3 percent of those surveyed chose to live with their parents.
Tokyo’s rising cost of living is not the only factor driving people to live near their parents’.
It is also a growing problem in Japan’s booming manufacturing sector.
In the industrialised cities, where housing is scarce, the demand for cheap rental accommodation is high, as the government has made it harder for landlords to evict tenants.
Japanese home-owners have been forced to turn to cheaper, more private options.
And many Japanese parents choose to buy their children’s school uniforms from overseas because of the higher cost of import duty.
“Japan is becoming more and more unaffordable for most families,” said Takuji Ishikawa, a professor at Osaka University’s School of Economics.
‘Crisis at its worst’The number of foreign students in Japan has skyrocketed in the past few years, as companies have sought to attract foreign workers and universities have struggled to cope with the influx.
The cost of education in Japan increased by 30 percent between 2016-2017, according to the Japan Education Research Institute (JERI).
The Japanese government has tried to rein in the number, but with little success.
When the government launched a nationwide cap on the number and size of foreigners entering the country in 2014, the government only offered a partial relief.
The government’s attempt to limit the number was initially met with harsh criticism.
Its new policy was criticised for creating a “crisis at the worst” with its efforts, the head of JERI, Akira Takizawa, told the Nikkei newspaper in November.
“If we keep on reducing the number until the number is low, we will end up with an even higher number of foreigners,” he said.
“But if we stop the restriction, we’ll end up at a point where there will be a real crisis.”
Since then, Japan has relaxed its restrictions on foreign students, but there have been reports of students being detained for non-compliance.
“Japanese universities and institutes are now being sued by foreign students who are unable to obtain their visas,” said Takizawas wife, Yoshikazu, who works in the tourism industry in Japan and has lived in Akiba for 20 years.
“Some students have even lost their jobs due to the increased visa issue.”
According to Takizwa, most foreign students are in the 10,000 range, but they often do not make it to Japan’s top universities because of their inability to obtain visas.
For some, it’s just not an option.
Akihito Miyagi, a 27-year-old Japanese student living in Tokyo, is one of the lucky ones.
His wife has a bachelor’s degree in social work and was studying abroad for a master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh.
He has been a student at Tokyo’s Otsuka University since 2012.
His wife and son have worked for the university since 2012, and they’ve been working as a full-time job.
However, they have been unable to apply for a Japanese visa as a result of the crackdown.
The university told the Japanese newspaper Nikkeo in March that Miyagi is not allowed to work for a while and cannot attend classes.
“I don’t think they understand that they are doing me a big favour by giving me a job,” Miyagi told the newspaper.
Miyagi’s wife and his son are both studying at the same university in Tokyo’s Saitama ward.”There’s