This is the 20th month in a row for the city to see an increase in office vacancy rate
Based on data by brokerage Miki Shoji, the average office vacancy rate across Tokyo’s five business districts reached 6.47 percent in October, said Japan Property Central.
This climb is a 0.04-point rise from the previous month and up 2.54 points from last year, indicating the 20th consecutive month to see an increase.
The five business districts include Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Shinjuku, and Shibuya.
Further, there has been a slowdown in the growth of vacant office space as new leases are signed, despite the continuation of remote working.
The average vacancy rate in Chuo, Minato, and Shibuya slightly contracted from September. Shibuya saw the vacancy rate decreased by 0.86 points to 5.89 percent, the lowest since April.
In terms of monthly rents, fees are down to JPY6,295 (USD54.8) per square metre across the five business districts.
Over the past 12 months, monthly rents have dropped by 7.3 percent.
A vacancy rate of five percent is said to indicate a healthy balance between demand and supply, while a rate that exceeds five percent tends to cause rents to decline.
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