Strong deal flow in Japan, Australia and China helped boost direct commercial real estate investment in the Asia-Pacific region by 21% in the first half of 2013 over the same period last year. The market reached $59.7 billion as public offerings increased 78% on the same quarter last year. "Large US, Canadian and Middle Eastern investors have returned to the region and, together with active Asian high net worth and pension funds, are creating strong demand for assets across the region," said Stuart Crow, head of Asia Pacific capital markets at Jones Lang LaSalle.

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