Filling Needs with Empty Rooms


28m 00s
Broadcast on October 21, 2023 Available until October 21, 2024

It's estimated that there are currently about ten million vacant homes in Japan and that number is expected to grow even further. This episode features businesses that are working to fill empty properties with people in need of affordable housing or businesses that can provide a boost to local communities.

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