Greetings from Japan

Hyoggo

Hello Washington REALTORS®!

Hyogo Prefecture is located in the Center of Japan, close to second largest city of Osaka. The main city of Kobe has been an international city with a port that opened the door in 1868. Hyogo Prefecture has been a sister state with Washington for 55 years. Kobe and Seattle have been sister cities for over 60 years now.

Our Prefecture has a variety of industries, including the manufacturing of steel, shipbuilding, and machinery, which is popular in urban areas. With our beautiful mountain ranges, rivers and ocean, our agriculture and fishing industries are thriving as well. Also, there are many shrines and other historical buildings, including World Heritage Site “Himeji Castle.”

Washington REALTORS® and Hyogo Takken have been in a bilateral relationship for the last nine years, and we are learning from each other every time we meet.

Japanese real estate industries are growing rapidly in the metropolitan area, fueled by low interest rates (less than 2%), but that is creating many vacant houses in rural areas and this is becoming a very big issue. My hope is that we can continue to learn from our relationship to improve the real estate industries and lives of our members.

—Hyogo Prefectural Association 

of Real Estate Agents

President Nobuaki Matsuo

ワシントン州リアルター協会の皆様

兵庫県は東京に並ぶ大都市である大阪に隣接し、日本のほぼ中心に位置しており、1868年に世界への扉を開いた神戸港を中心に発展し、日本の国際化、近代化の先駆けとなってきました。兵庫県はワシントン州と55年前から姉妹都市として交流を始め、神戸市はシアトルと姉妹都市提携後60年を経ています。

県土が広範囲におよぶため、鉄鋼、造船、機械などの産業が集積する大都市地域や美しい山々、海、川など、豊かな自然に囲まれた農林水産業の盛んな地域のそれぞれがあります。また、文化面では、多くの神社・仏閣、史跡が残されており、世界文化遺産に指定されている「姫路城」をはじめ、文化財が数多くあります。

ワシントン州リアルター協会と兵庫宅建は約9年前から相互に訪問する等交流を通して、米国の不動産流通制度を勉強させて頂いております。

日本では過疎化等による空き家問題が深刻化しておりますが、低金利政策の影響も受けて不動産投資市場は都市部を中心に動いており、貴協会と連携することで会員の皆様の商圏、商機拡大のために発展していくことを祈念しております。

一般社団法人兵庫県宅地建物取引業協会

会 長 松 尾 信 明

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