OTARU, Japan—A growing number of affluent Chinese are coming to Japan to live, according to real-estate brokers and people in the Chinese community here, in an indication of social and political tensions back home.

Hideyuki Ishii, a real-estate broker on the northern island of Hokkaido, says he has been inundated recently with requests from Chinese nationals who want to buy property that they can use as a foothold to move to Japan.  

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