Cattle Quarantine Station Office scheduled for demolition

The building in 2006


A decision has been made to demolish the former Ministry of Agriculture's livestock quarantine office in Tsuruga Bay, Fukui Prefecture.

Dating from 1916 (Taisho period), the western-style building has fallen into severe disrepair. After part of the ceiling collapsed last month, the owners have applied to the Prefecture to have the building demolished.Read more

Asaya Department Store demolition to start later this month

asaya-department-store-ext2The Asaya Department store in Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, is scheduled to be demolished with work expected to begin by the end of this year. The city purchased the site from the former owner and have plans for redevelopment.

The 3-storey art deco building was constructed by Yasuzo Kida and completed in 1934. The store was opened by the former owner's great grandfather and was the first department store in Gunma Prefecture. After the war it apparently had a ferris wheel on the rooftop.Read more