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Google Japan office relocation signals return of Shibuya’s Bit Valley

Google Japan office relocation signals return of Shibuya’s Bit Valley

On November 17, Google Japan announced plans to relocate their head office to a new office tower near Shibuya Station in mid-2019. Google will be taking up floors 14 to 35 in Shibuya Stream – a 35-storey office tower due for completion in late 2018. The 50,000 sqm (538,000 sq ft) of office space will…

16-fold rent increase for shopkeepers at Asakusa’s Sensoji temple

16-fold rent increase for shopkeepers at Asakusa’s Sensoji temple

Shopkeepers alongside the Nakamise shopping street, a 250 meters long souvenir shop-lined pedestrian mall leading to Sensoji temple in Tokyo, are reeling after being hit with a potential 16-fold increase in store rents. In September, Sensoji temple informed the tenants of plans to increase the rent from the current level of 15,000 Yen per month…

Tokyo office rents increase for 45th consecutive month

Tokyo office rents increase for 45th consecutive month

According to Miki Shoji, the average monthly office rent in central Tokyo’s five business districts reached 18,995 Yen per Tsubo (approx. 5,747 Yen/sqm) in September, an increase of 3.59% from last year and the 45th month in a row to record a year-on-year increase. The average is still 17% below the recent record high of…

Land in Ginza to sell for 64 million Yen (570,000 USD) per square meter

Land in Ginza to sell for 64 million Yen (570,000 USD) per square meter

Articles appearing in both the Nikkei Business Publication and the Business Journal have suggested that a block of land (with building) alongside Ginza’s main shopping street will be sold for a record price of up to 64 million Yen per square meter (approx. 570,000 USD/sqm or 53,000 USD/sq ft). 

Land under Takashimaya Times Square Building sells for 21 billion Yen

Land under Takashimaya Times Square Building sells for 21 billion Yen

Takashimaya has acquired the remaining 60% of the land under the Times Square Building near Shinjuku Station for 21 billion Yen (approx. 185 million USD). The property is located on the eastern side of Shinjuku Station in Shibuya ward. The main tenants of the building include the Takashimaya department store and Tokyu Hands.

Historic Kudan Kaikan redevelopment plans announced

Historic Kudan Kaikan redevelopment plans announced

On September 21st, the Kanto Local Finance Bureau announced that Tokyu Land had won the competitive bidding process for the redevelopment of the Kudan Kaikan building in central Tokyo. The bidding price will be announced after Tokyu signs the contractural agreement in March 2018. The developer will lease the 8,700 sqm block of land under…

Japan’s supply of new office space hits lowest level since 1980

Japan’s supply of new office space hits lowest level since 1980

According to the Japan Real Estate Institute, 1.35 million square meters (approx. 14.5 million sq ft) of new office space was supplied across the country in 2016, down 25% from 2016 and the lowest level seen since 1980. 84% of the new supply was centered in Tokyo’s 23 wards. Sapporo, Sendai, Saitama, Kyoto and Kobe…

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya to open in March 2018

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya to open in March 2018

On September 4, Mitsui Fudosan announced that the official name of the large-scale redevelopment opposite Hibiya Park in downtown Tokyo will be Tokyo Midtown Hibiya. The 191m tall building will include office space, the 2,300 seat TOHO Cinemas Hibiya, and 60 stores and restaurants. The grand opening is scheduled for March 29, 2018.

Onsen and retail complex near new Toyosu Fish Market in jeopardy

Onsen and retail complex near new Toyosu Fish Market in jeopardy

The operator of a planned onsen, hotel and retail center to be built next-door to the Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo has announced that they may withdraw their plans due to concerns about feasibility. The proposed ‘Senkaku-banrai’ center would include a 24hr hot spring bath, hotel and 200 restaurants and stores, with a forecast for…

REIT acquisitions exceed rosenka values by 2.61 times

The average value of real estate acquisitions made by J-REITs between 2012 and 2017 has exceeded the rosenka tax value by approximately 2.61 times. In 2016 and 2017, office buildings and hotels in central Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and around Narita Airport have been purchased by REITS at as much as 5 ~ 15 times their…

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