Chinese demand for Japanese real estate is increasing, reports Nikkei Asian Review (8 June 2019). According to data from, China's top international real estate website, Chinese inquiries for Japan rose 13 times in Q1 2019 compared to Q1 2018. "Could Tokyo become the next Vancouver? It is possible, but probably not this year," said Carrie Law, CEO of The Canadian city is known for its large Chinese population, especially immigrants from Hong Kong following the region's handover to China in 1997. "It's true that more Chinese are taking up the Japanese visa programs that have been loosened to appeal to them. We see rapid growth in Chinese buying and visa uptake, [though] this is not yet happening on the scale that you have seen in Canada over the past half-decade."