One significant advantage of buying property in Tokyo is that buildings must adhere to very stringent standards because of the Tokyo Building Standards Act.
These standards state that a structure built in 1981 or after must be able to handle an earthquake between 6 and 7 on the seismic scale. Builders must guarantee this by law. The earthquake in the Tohoku region was 9 on the seismic scale but you’ll notice that most buildings even close to the epicenter remained standing. I
t was the tsunami that did the most damage but this was an unusual event as well.