It is strange that the number of high-rise condominiums, such as tower apartments, is still expected to increase even though the population is on the decline due to the declining birthrate and aging population. According to a report issued by the Real Estate Economic Institute, there will be 52 high-rise condominiums to be completed in 2022, 57 in 2023, 29 in 2024, and 95 in 2025 and beyond, which means that there are still 233 high-rise condominiums to be built all over Japan.
It would be somewhat understandable if Japan's population was growing exponentially, and the country's flat population was being reconfigured vertically because there was not enough land for people to live on. Why are so many high-rise condominiums scheduled to be built in Japan when the population is expected to decline naturally unless the country accepts a large number of immigrants?
The reason why high-rise condominiums are in high demand and popular is that they are easily accessible to the city center, or because they are valuable as investment properties. I think it's a dumb and trivial reason. The reason is that we like to be high.
It is said that about 7 million years ago before chimpanzees and bonobos were separated from humans, our common ancestors lived in trees in the African rainforest. They lived in the trees because it was safer and they could see what was going on around them. The memory of that period may have been the source of the urge for humans to buy tower apartments even if they had to take out a loan. I arrived at this conclusion while munching on a dried potato.
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