Young adults’ pathways into homeownership in Tokyo: Shifting practices and meanings

O. Druta, Richard Ronald

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This paper examines homeownership pathways of young adults in Tokyo, Japan, making use of an original data set of qualitative interviews. By analyzing the narratives of young adults, the article argues that in contemporary Tokyo homeownership pathways are diversifying, due to changing gender roles within households, intergenerational responsibilities and an increasingly questionable potential of homeownership to result in asset accumulation. Thus, while still following housing pathways that result in homeownership, young people are both adapting to the conditions of a practically failing but politically and ideologically resilient homeownership system and challenging its boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1092-1108
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironment and Planning A
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018


  • Homeownership
  • Tokyo
  • housing pathways
  • young people


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