Osaka to demolish 99-yr old official residence

The Osaka Prefectural government is considering demolishing the 99-year old official prefectural governor's residence. The historic home had been occupied by many governors over the past century but there have been growing concerns over its safety in the event of an earthquake.

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Historic school building in Ueno to be demolished

The 94-year-old former Shitaya Elementary School in Ueno will be demolished by Taito ward sometime in 2023. This was one of the ‘revival elementary schools’ built after the devastating 1923 Great Kanto earthquake.

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Imperial Theatre to be demolished

The Teigeki, or Imperial Theatre, in Marunouchi will temporarily close in 2025 as the building undergoes redevelopment.

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Brutalist gymnasium’s future still unclear 

The Kenzo Tange-designed Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium may be tumbling closer to demolition as earthquake-retrofitting seems to be more challenging and costly than anticipated.

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Yaesu Book Center to be redeveloped

The 44-year-old Yaesu Book Center near Tokyo Station will close in March 2023 as part of a large-scale redevelopment project.

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Old apartment building to be replaced with office

Nomura Real Estate Holdings is acquiring an entire condominium building in Takanawa from its apartment owners association. The 42-year-old apartment building will be demolished and replaced with an office building.

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Shirokane road widening plan to start this year

Bad news for this stretch of historic shophouses alongside Kitasato Street in Shirokane. On July 25, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced that a road widening plan will start sometime this year that will see the road widened from its current 11 meters to 20 meters. Doing so will probably require some buildings to be partially or entirely demolished.

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