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Japan real estate sees signs of global investors shying away

Clouded outlook for financial markets saps buying appetite

Commercial real estate values in Tokyo have grown due to a deluge of funds from international investors. (Photo by Yo Inoue)

TOKYO -- Money from international investors helped fuel a sharp rise in Japanese property values, but the inflow of funds has slowed recently amid stress in the financial markets.

Japanese land prices jumped at the fastest rate in 15 years, Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport reported on Wednesday. Commercial real estate in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka showed some of the biggest gains on the year.

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