Edit this Published in Freakonomics Radio Why Are Japanese Homes Disposable? Listen 23 min Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/353240/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend In most countries, houses get more valuable over time. In Japan, a new buyer will often bulldoze the home. We'll tell you why.