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Global funds set sights on Japan property market

Aberdeen Standard and KKR see opportunity in low-rate environment

Japan Tobacco announced in July that it will sell its headquarters in Tokyo's Minato Ward. The property is expected to fetch more than 100 billion yen.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Overseas investment firms are diving into the Japanese real estate market, with major British and American funds joining the fray as ultralow borrowing costs offer enticing returns.

U.K. asset manager Aberdeen Standard Investments is looking to develop housing for seniors, while U.S. private equity firm KKR plans to combine private equity and real estate investments.

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