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Tuesday, March 2, 2004

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Is it worth it to live inside the Yamanote loop?

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Vanessa Gillett
Teacher, 30-ish

I live here, but I wouldn't buy a place here. It's too expensive, and I would worry about earthquakes. I like the aesthetics of tatami and minimal furniture, but not in the city.

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Weng Cheah
Banker, 41

I would absolutely buy property in Tokyo. Aside from all the economics, it's a lovely place to live. I think it's a great investment.

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Janet Underwood
Trainer, 53

Probably not, because I'm not here that often. I don't think I'd consider Tokyo first because of the expense. I'd probably look at investing in other countries first.

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Pedro Pastano
Consultant, 55

It's overpriced. Two houses on a lot in front of mine were sold for $800,000. For that money I can buy a mansion and loads of property in America.

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Robert Swanson
Auditor, 29

Banks don't give foreigners loans, so I'd have to go through a foreign loan service. The markets are going down now, so I would say on the outskirts of Tokyo is better.

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Yoichi Akabane
Businessman, 47

Tokyo is convenient, but I take the train for 1 1/2 hours from house to office because I want a border between my business and personal time.



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