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Japan Desk

Manager - Yoshi Tsuji

Fluent in English and Japanese

Qualified member of ARLA Propertymark experience helping Japanese companies and their employees with their accommodation needs in London.

020 3868 5733

Haruka brings with her solid experience of the international property market where she started outin 2011 working as an Administrator in a Japanese asset management company. Moving on to the investment division of a leading realtor in 2015, she became involved in the acquisition and management of high-value properties, concentrating on increasing their value before resale. Haruka also worked as a brokerage project manager before joining Benham and Reeves where she joins the Japan Desk team. A keen cook who loves the outdoor life, Haruka keeps fit by playing tennis.

Anna previously worked in the sales department of a Japanese advertising company where she learned about building strong customer relations through effective communication skills. Well organised and motivated, Anna enjoys the challenges of working in a cross-cultural environment which includes liaison with landlords based in the UK, Japan and various overseas countries. Anna greatly values the strong team ethic of the Japan Desk and looks forward to maintaining the high level of customer service that Japanese corporate tenants routinely expect. Passionate about food and travel, Anna also likes to read and practise yoga.

A five-year long background in the travel industry has given Ryota a passion for people and a desire to provide outstanding customer service. His interest in London property was first kindled while living here as a student and a recent decision to settle in the centre of London has helped sharpened this focus. Matching new tenants with their ideal rental property gives Ryota an enormous sense of achievement, which he shares with the rest of tightly-knit team on the Japan Desk. Having visited over 20 countries, Ryota’s love of travel is self-evident. He is also a keen tennis and baseball player.

Demand generally has been much higher this Summer compared with this time last year when Covid uncertainty was still a concern. In fact, despite ongoing shortages of housing stock in London that have been widely reported in the media, we have completed around 20% more transactions this year compared to the same period last year.

This increased demand may also be due to the higher profile of Benham and Reeves amongst Japanese professionals and corporations. Our growing reputation means we are now the first choice for many Japanese professionals starting their property search when they move to London, often due to word-of-mouth recommendation from friends or colleagues. Corporate clients are confident we can help them navigate the complex London lettings market and find them the right property in the right location.

The shortage of suitable rental properties remains a challenge for all lettings agents across London and we’re working hard to overcome this – we’re currently expanding our Japan Desk team and this is helping us enhance our service further. We’ve been pleased to see our Google reviews are all 5 stars for the Shoreditch branch where our Japan Desk is stationed. This is very pleasing to me as a Manager and also for the whole team who work very hard to provide the very best service.

During our initial discussion with clients, we aim to establish their key ‘must haves’ when renting their new London home. And Japanese professionals have a number of priorities – they prefer a new-build home if possible, preferably with a parking space, close to transport links and good amenities including a Japanese supermarket. Many professionals move here with their families so proximity to good schools is often essential too.

A number of residential developments across London are particularly sought-after by Japanese expats owing to their good security and facilities, namely Dickens Yard Ealing which is at the top of many wish-lists. And now the Elizabeth Line has opened a station in Ealing, rents have jumped up making it very difficult to secure a new rental property as most people are renewing and not moving on. Fulham Reach and Sovereign Court in Hammersmith are also popular while White City Living in Shepherds Bush has also recently become a favourite since Harrods opened a store in Westfield London, Europe’s largest shopping mall. As we have branches on-site at all these property developments, it means we are the first agent landlords come to when looking to let their property out.

Closer to the City, developments such as One Tower Bridge, London Dock Wapping, Royal Mint Gardens and Goodman Fields are popular and in Canary Wharf preferred locations include South Quay Plaza, Landmark Pinnacle, One Park Drive and 10 Park Drive. Here at 250 City Road where the Japan Desk is situated, we are also very busy, but we desperately need new stock to meet the current enquiries we have from Japanese professionals and executives with small families.

Our Japan desk is a dedicated department employing Japanese people to provide a complete service to Japanese HR departments and their employees with their accommodation needs in London.

Unlike many other companies, our Japan desk has many unique advantages:

  • Lettings is our specialism - so our focus is on rentals and assisting tenants.
  • Professional and highly personal service so the process is smooth and seamless
  • 65% of properties are managed by us so we can ensure maintenance issues are dealt with very quickly
  • Even where we do not manage, we act as an intermediary with landlords to help the tenancy to run smoothly
  • Access to London's best new developments through our relationships with the largest developers in London
  • Network of 18 branches so can offer properties throughout London
  • With our One-stop 10 point plan, we offer assistance every step of the process. Advise on location (distance to the company's offices and local schools); accompany all viewings; offer support throughout the entire process of finding a new home; assist during the tenancy and help with the return of the deposit at the end.

One-stop 10 point plan

We provide a dedicated account manager throughout the whole process to act as the main contact, handling any issues or questions that arise.

Additional Services For Corporate HR Departments

We offer a number of additional services for HR departments including

  • regular meetings to discuss the market and rental budgets (to ensure the company's rents are in line with the market)
  • guidance tours of some new developments and some homes within our portfolio of London rental properties.

And of course we are always available to offer professional advice and assistance - we view our relationships with companies as long term and as such are always available to help where required.

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