Japan Takes on “Ghost Homes”
(NTV) Authorities in Japan are using a new law to tear down an abandoned home.
They say the house was blighting the scenery in the town of Nachikatsuura.
The 50-year-old house has been abandoned for a long time and its walls are crumbling.
Locals asked the town to do something, but attempts to persuade the owner failed.
This led officials to invoke the new law based on blight for the first time in Wakayama Prefecture.
They will demand the owner pay the nearly $15,000 demolition cost.
As Japan’s population shrinks, a growing number of so-called "ghost houses" are being left to rot, leading to widespread blight in the countryside.