If everyone completes “preparatory action to hand over a house to a responsible owner,” we can change the future of the city without increasing the number of vacant houses!
Details of the Initiative
The problem of vacant houses is occurring in depopulating cities in the world (Photo (1) (2)). The reasons for vacant houses vary from country to country, but in Japan, where the number of nuclear families has increased, there are few cases where people live in their parents’ house that they inherited as in the past, and many cases where they just leave the house empty. As time goes on, not only will vacant houses continue to deteriorate (Photo (3)), but the number of owners will increase and become unknown owing to successions, which makes it even more difficult to utilize and distribute vacant houses.
Increase in the number of vacant houses in an area not only accelerates depopulation, but also reduces the attractiveness and value of the town, which could impose a heavy burden on the next generation.
Therefore, at the present time, it is essential to consider owner-occupied houses that only elderly people live in as a potential vacant houses and to ensure that the owners and their prospective inheritors smoothly hand over their houses to responsible owners and users from the stage before inheritance so that a so-called “preparatory action to hand over a house to a responsible owner” is established in society.
The author conducts research and social contribution activities related to this action to hand over a house to a responsible owner as well as education on these policies. For example, using the Information Notebook to take over your house” (Photo (4)) that the author created, we are promoting dissemination activities in various regions in cooperation with local governments, private companies, NPOs, etc.
Faculty member / Organization
Professor, School of Political Science and Economics