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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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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