10 billion Yen hotel demolished in Hamamatsu

A hotel that was built at a cost of 10 billion Yen during the bubble era in the 1980s has been demolished. This was around US$70 million in those days, using the currency conversion rate in 1987 of 1 USD : 144 Yen.Read more


Two buildings to be redeveloped in Akasaka

Sekisui House has emerged as the buyer of an approximate 70% share in two properties in Akasaka. The seller was JDC Corporation.Read more


Tokyo Commodity Exchange to be demolished

Demolition of former Tokyo Commodity Exchange Building in Nihonbashi-Horidomecho starts this month. The building is just 24 years old.Read more


Honda Aoyama Building to be redeveloped

Honda Motor Company is planning to spend 50 billion Yen (approx. US$356 million) to redevelop its headquarters above Aoyama Itchome Station in central Tokyo.Read more


Ginza landmark to be demolished

Demolition of the San'ai Dream Center, a landmark building on the Ginza 4 Chome intersection, will start next month. The circular building was designed by Shōji Hayashi, chief architect of Nikken, and completed in 1963. In 2003 it was chosen by DOCOMOMO Japan as one of the buildings that represent the modernist movement.

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Kenzo Tange-designed gymnasium to be demolished

Despite the best efforts of preservation groups and years of deliberations by local government, the brutalist curved concrete Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium is heading to demolition, with the prefecture setting aside a budget of 46 million Yen to tear down the landmark building.

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Japan’s giant Kannon statues are becoming white elephants

Giant Kannon statues looming over quiet residential estates below have increasingly become a concern for both local governments and local residents. Once a symbol, many are now a negative legacy, fallen into disrepair.

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