On August 7, Hankyu Hanshin Holdings announced plans to open a 1,000 room hotel in Yodobashi Umeda Tower – a 35-storey redevelopment adjacent to the Yodobashi electronics store in Umeda, Osaka. The first 8 floors of the building will be retail, with the hotel located on floors 9 and above. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2020, with the lower-floor retail to open in late 2019. This will be the largest hotel based on room count in Osaka City.
On October 1, Mitsubishi Jisho Residence opened the model-room for a high-rise residential building planned for Osaka. With 55 floors and a height of 193 meters, The Parkhouse Nakanoshima Tower will be the tallest base-isolation residential building in Japan when complete (based on the total floor count).
The one, two and three-bedroom apartments will range in size from 40 ~ 148 sqm (430 ~ 1,592 sq.ft) and will be priced from 20 ~ 230 million Yen (166,000 ~ 1.91 million USD). There will be 894 apartments on 55 floors. The 22 premium apartments on the top two floors of the building will be priced over 100 million Yen (832,000 USD) each.
Last year, J. Front Retailing announced plans to redevelop the historic 82-year old Daimaru Shinsaibashi Department Store in Osaka. The ageing building was becoming increasingly cost and difficult to maintain, and was short on floor space.
Original redevelopment plans involved razing the building. After J. Front’s announcement, local architects and historians lobbied the company to preserve as much of the intricately-designed building as possible. Although redevelopment is going ahead next year, J. Front are now considering preserving the historic facade.
According to Tokyo Kantei, the average asking price of a 70 sqm (753 sqft) second-hand apartment in Tokyo’s 23 wards was 40,660,000 Yen in October, up 0.6% from the previous month and up 3.3% from last year. This is the seventh month in a row where prices have seen a month-on-month increase.
In Tokyo’s central 6 wards (Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Shinjuku, Bunkyo and Shibuya), the average asking price was 54,580,000 Yen, up 1.0% from the previous month and up 7.0% from last year. The average apartment age was 21.0 years.
From the next fiscal year onwards, Osaka City will allow the construction of rental apartment buildings alongside Midosuji Avenue.
Currently, only commercial and retail buildings are allowed along the tree-lined street.
The Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) announced that they will be demolishing and rebuilding their former head office in Osaka from April 2012. Completion of the new building is scheduled for April, 2014.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications released information on the migration movements within Japan in 2011 using data from the basic resident registers. Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures each saw a net outflow as residents moved out of the disaster-struck areas. The number of residents moving out exceeded the number of residents moving in to these three prefectures by 41,226. This is the first time since 1970 that the number has exceeded 40,000 residents.
In Toyonaka City, Osaka, construction work is continuing on a 14-storey apartment building on a site that is directly above an active fault line.
“Uniheim Senri Momoyamadai” is located in Higashi-izumigaoka 3 Chome and is directly above the Butsunenjiyama Fault – an active fault line that runs from the north of Toyonaka and south to Suita in Osaka. It is an extension to the Uemachi Fault, a relatively active fault line which has a 2~3% chance of producing an earthquake within the next 30 years, and a hypothesized magnitude of 7.2 would result in an estimated death toll of 42,000.