Finding a safe, well-maintained, and reasonably priced home in Japan takes a lot of work. The more things you need an apartment to have, the more likely you are to run into trouble of one sort or another. So when you find an apartment that has a lot of amenities but a very cheap price tag, that instantly raises the question: why? Nine times out of ten, the reason for the location’s low price tag is that it is a jiko bukken.
What is a Jiko Bukken?
A jiko bukken (事故物件) is known in English as a stigmatized property. It may also be referred to as a shinriteki kashi bukken (心理的瑕疵物件) or “property that may cause psychological harm.” Generally speaking, what this means is that, while there is nothing currently wrong with the apartment/location physically, there is something “off” about it that could make living there less than ideal.
Right away, most people assume that there was a death in the house, be that by suicide, murder, accident, or natural causes, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Other more common reasons for a property being listed as a jiko bukken include: