After an energetic rise over the past few years, Japan’s real estate market is running out of steam. Particularly in the past few months, difficulty in completing transactions has fuelled expectations that prices will start heading south. In the capital markets, the value of Japanese real estate investment trusts (J-Reits) has plummeted in recent months, leaving many trading well below their net asset value. The negative sentiment surrounding Japan’s property sector may seem natural, given the grim outlook facing the world’s main economies. The slowdown in the US, coupled with a rapid appreciation of the yen, is hurting the country’s exporters, which have been important drivers of growth.