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Japan: Kansai uses subsidies to fill empty homes, but persuading aging population to pull up stakes remains a challenge

But with over 8.2 million homes nationwide now vacant due to an aging population, declining birthrate and mass migration of younger workers to megacities, some rural regions, and even some cities, are struggling to deal with the abandoned homes, called akiya, which are not only eyesores but also fire hazards. Source Japan Times

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