Yokohama’s modernist City Hall to be converted into hotel

A leading example of modernist architecture in downtown Yokohama will be preserved and incorporated into a large-scale office and hotel project.

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Tokyo’s oldest ‘danchi’ apartment block to be redeveloped

Possibly the oldest surviving public housing block in Tokyo will soon be demolished to make way for new housing for its residents. The Nakano Jutaku was built in 1951, just six years after the end of WWII. It also preceded the former Japan Housing Agency (now the Urban Renaissance Agency) that was founded in 1955 to address a severe housing shortage.

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Mitsui announces plans for US$10-billion ‘Greater Nihonbashi’ redevelopment

On August 29, Mitsui Fudosan announced major redevelopment plans for a district alongside Nihonbashi river in downtown Tokyo. The project is expected to be completed somewhere between 2030 and 2040 and costs could run as high as 1 trillion Yen (approx. US$10 billion).

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Apartment redevelopment law may be further revised

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) is considering a further expansion of allowances to encourage the redevelopment of old condominium buildings. Under current legislation, if at least 80% of owners agree, a building that does not meet current earthquake codes can be sold off to a developer. The MLIT may extend the 80% vote to include buildings that have deteriorated exteriors and old plumbing. 

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Luxury apartments planned for historic art deco building

Real estate developer Mitsui Fudosan Residential is planning a large-scale, luxury apartment project for the former Tokyo Service Center building in central Tokyo. 

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Resort plans shelved after 50 years

After half a century of sitting idle, city plans for a 174-hectare resort in Himeji will officially be shelved at the end of this month. The sprawling waterfront resort was going to have a marina, aquarium, hotel, shopping mall, 500 homes, and 3,600 apartments. 

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120m tall office tower for Shibuya Station area

A 120-meter tall office tower is planned for a site just behind the Shibuya Hikarie building in central Tokyo.

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Toho Twin Tower to be redeveloped

On June 25, film studio Toho announced plans to redevelop the Toho Twin Tower building in Yurakucho, Tokyo. Construction giant Takenaka Corporation will be in charge of planning and construction. 

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Redevelopment details for Meiji Jingu Stadium district

Details have come out for the large-scale future redevelopment of the Meiji Jingu Baseball Stadium and Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Stadium district in central Tokyo. The 17.4-hectare site straddles Minato and Shinjuku wards and adjoins the new Olympic Stadium.

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Town planning decision for 200m tall tower in Nishiazabu

A town planning decision has been made for the Nishiazabu 3 Chome North-East District Redevelopment. The project will see a 200 meter tall mixed-use tower with residences, office, retail and a hotel. Construction is scheduled to start in 2020 with completion tentatively scheduled for 2025.

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