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Tokyo real estate market booming ahead of Olympics

Prices surge on Asian investment, but analysts warn of postgames crash

U.S. private equity company GreenOak Real Estate made a significant profit on floor space it had bought within the Ginza Six development in Tokyo. (Photo by Masayuki Kozono)

TOKYO -- With just two years to go until the Japanese capital hosts the summer Olympics in 2020, the city's real estate market is enjoying unprecedented growth.

Rising rents and an inflow of foreign capital are driving up real estate prices in the city, and many properties are being sold for considerably more than their value at the time of purchase. One developer has seen the market value of its assets rise to more than double their book value.

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