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Masato Kawamura (L) and his wife Miwa chat at the veranda of their home
in a high-rise apartment in central Tokyo August 29, 2003. Despite the
sluggish economy, the number of new apartments that went on sale in the
Tokyo metropolitan area jumped by a third to 88,516 in 2002 from 66,308
in 1998, according to Real Estate Economic Institute, a private
think-tank. Picture taken August 29. TO MATCH FEATURE STORY
JAPAN-HOUSING-URBAN REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao