Initiatives to Increase Housing for Seniors
The senior cohort in Japan’s population is increasing rapidly, with seniors over the age of 65 now accounting for over onefourth of the total populace. The senior cohort will continue to increase over time, and within this trend, the segment of seniors living to very advanced ages is projected to climb rapidly. In particular, this trend is expected to become more conspicuous in major urban centers.
Attendant with this trend, the number of seniors who require nursing care is growing along with the deterioration of their mental and physical well-being, thus leading to further shortage of high-quality nursing care facilities, which are already undersupplied.
In contrast, there has been a gradual increase in seniors that seek the option of relocating to safe, secure housing for seniors while they are healthy enough to do with little difficulty.
SuMi TRUST Bank strives to amass know-how on market trends and business feasibility relating to nursing care facilities and housing for seniors. Leveraging that knowledge base, we support a variety of formats that advance the supply of facilities and housing for seniors in ways that respond to the aforementioned needs of seniors.
(1) Accumulated Know-How
SuMi TRUST Bank uses the tools listed below that it has prepared within its organization.
It also actively exchanges information with the many companies involved in nursing care facilities and homes for seniors such as facility operators, construction firms, and real estate companies.
Through these efforts, we work to amass specialist knowhow about the market trends and business feasibility relating to this business domain.
- Database on Regional Information
This database collects from each local authority demographic data such as population and households in its respective region.
- Database on Senior Housing
This database collects data on nursing care facilities and housing for seniors across Japan as well as specific information about sales and operating entities.
- Market Analysis Tools
We apply market analysis tools to the aforementioned information. This enables us to ascertain demand trends at specified locations.
- Operating Income and Expenditure Program
Using the program, we estimate the operating income and expenditures for each business type relating to nursing care facilities and housing for seniors.
(2) Support for Nursing Care Facilities and Housing for Seniors
Effective Use of Land
We collaborate with facility operators and construction firms as one kind of proposal we offer to individual and corporate clients that are investigating land-use options, and we propose plans for funding and offer various advice on the construction of properties such as paid nursing care facilities for seniors, housing for seniors with care services, and group homes for seniors with dementia.
We also provide specialist proposals for using subsidies and improving facilities on land that is in a designated "productive greening" zone.
Executing Business Feasibility Loans
SuMi TRUST Bank is promoting business feasibility loans (apartment loans) relating to the construction of housing for seniors and nursing care facilities. It has executed 36 such loans through November 2020, and the number of inquiries regarding such loans has continued to trend upwards in the past few years.
Together with the aforementioned proposal for effective use of land, we will proceed with the initiatives for executing business feasibility loans.
Finance for Healthcare REITs
SuMi TRUST Bank actively provides finance to healthcare REITs, which are a source of stable, long-term funding for healthcare facilities such as residences for the elderly and medical malls. Healthcare REITs raise funding for use in healthcare facility acquisition fees and related expenses. We have made three loans to healthcare REITs with the number of facilities linked to these loans coming to 114 as of November 2020.
Securitization Business for Healthcare Facilities
SuMi TRUST Bank is actively engaging in the securitization business relating to healthcare REITs and privately placed funds. As of November 2020, total healthcare REIT assets held in trust at SuMi TRUST Bank came to 240.0 billion yen, with the number of facilities standing at 110. In the securitization business related to REITs and privately place funds, SuMi TRUST Bank uses the scheme of a real estate administration and disposal trust. This scheme refers to transfer of real estate ownership from the trustor (real estate owner) to the trustee (trust bank) followed by administration, management and disposal of the real estate by the trustee based on directions given by the beneficiary and the distribution of profits thus generated (mainly rent revenue minus expenses) as dividends to the beneficiary.
Moreover, in addition to engaging in the real estate securitization business, SuMi TRUST Bank is also REIT-related asset custodian and general administrative work agent. Healthcare & Medical Investment Corporation (SuMi TRUST Bank entrustment), established in December 2014, provides various support services in cooperation with customers.