Urban Renaissance Agency

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Urban Renaissance Agency (独立行政法人都市再生機構, Dokuritsu gyōsei hōjin Toshi saisei kikō), also known as (UR, 都市機構, UR都市機構), is a semipublic Independent Administrative Institution, and is an agency responsible for Japanese housing. It provides housing at rates pegged to the market, but without the fees associated with private renting in Japan (key money, renewal fee) or the need for a guarantor. As of 2014, it managed around 750,000 rental properties across Japan.[1]


It was founded in 1955 as the Japan Housing Corporation (Nihon Jūtaku Kōdan) to address the country's housing shortage due to post-war urbanisation. It was combined with other government organisations including the Japan Regional Development Corporation and semi-privatized in 2004 during the administration of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (2001–06).[2] The agency gave rise to the development of Danchi housing found in urban areas of post-war Japan.


  1. ^ Urban Renaissance Agency Greetings Retrieved March 26, 2015
  2. ^ Urban Renaissance Agency Over half a century of support for urban development in Japan Retrieved March 26, 2015

External links[edit]

  • Official website (English)
  • "There are advantages to choosing UR property". Archived from the original on 18 Oct 2012.