The Schedule


February 4th, 2023

9:30 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:30

Doors Open & Kickoff

10:30 - 11:30

Foreigners Guide to Buying a Home in Japan

Speaker: Emil Gorgees

This session covers various topics related to purchasing property in Japan, including financing options, associated costs, property types and their pros and cons, the buying process, and factors that impact property value. Simulations are also provided to help determine borrowing and purchasing costs.

11:30 - 12:30

Reform and Renovations

Speaker: Blanka Kobayashi

Renovations can be challenging and scary to navigate, especially with the language barrier.

We will discuss the basic rules and costs of renovations in Japan, what to expect when hiring a renovation company and how to do it right

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch Break and Networking

Food and drinks provided

1:30 - 2:30

Investment Deal Analysis & Due Diligence

Speaker: Ziv Nakajima Magen

A live deal research & analysis session – we’ll review several budget criteria listings together, research locations and property profiles, conduct tenant & building due diligence on real potential investment property deals.

2:30 - 3:30

Short Term Stays, Hosting & Minpaku

Speaker: Tracey Northcott

Are Minpaku (Short Term Rentals) a new asset class? We will delve into the ecosystem of services and operating models that provide business opportunities – also on how hosts can make themselves a valued part of the community by collaborating with neighbors and local businesses.

3:30 - 4:30

Akiya & Abandoned Homes

Speaker: Matt Ketchum

The akiya market operates notably differently from standard practice, and requires a nuanced approach, robust toolsets, and at least a minor attraction to adventure to navigate successfully. Matt will draw from his experience with akiya from both buyer and seller sides to address the opportunities and challenges they present for rural communities and modern industries alike.


Wrap Up, Q&A Panel

All Speakers