Start a family and you get a house for free in rural Japan

Posted by Sadao Sasaki on

Who wouldn't love to have a house for free?  And it's not a fixer-upper, but a clean 3-bedroom home. The town's committee of Okutama, on the outskirts of Tokyo is giving away ready-to-move-in homes to young couples.  The catch is the new residents must live in the house for 15 years to be awarded an ownership.  This is a desperate measure taken by the committee to resuscitate the dying town due to dwindling population, revealing a glimpse of dreadful future that is becoming increasingly noticeable in rural communities.