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The distance of Japanese relocations is getting shorter, indicating that moves are not prompted by job transfers, but to change residence -- often for a bigger one.
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Remote work lifts demand in Japan for bigger residences

Over half of relocations are to more spacious houses, prompted by COVID

KAZUYA MANABE, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Demand for relocation services is growing in Japan, despite a declining trend in job transfers amid the prolonged impact of COVID-19 infections, as work-from-home practices are prompting people to move to more spacious residences.

One woman in her 30s, employed by a company in Tokyo, has moved from a studio to an apartment with a bedroom, living-dining room and separate kitchen. "I was distressed both physically and mentally" in the former apartment, which had floor space of 25 sq. meters, she said, explaining why she has relocated to the new apartment, which is roughly twice as big.

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