60-yr old office building in Tokyo to be renovated rather than redeveloped 

Although Tokyo’s Marunouchi and Otemachi business district has been seeing multiple skyscrapers go up in recent years, one vintage building from the 1950s has been faithfully protected by its owner.

The 9-storey Otemachi Building built by Mitsubishi Estate in 1958 celebrated its 60th birthday this April. It served as their headquarters until last year when they moved across the street to the recently completed 140 meter tall Otemachi Park Building.

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400m tall office tower for Tokyo Station area

Mitsubishi Estate is planning a 400 meter tall office building for an area just north of Tokyo Station. This is the largest development planned for the Otemachi/Marunouchi area, and when complete it will be the tallest building in Japan, exceeding the 300m tall Abeno Harukas in Osaka.

Mitsubishi is aiming to make the building an international centre for finance, and hope to attract both domestic and foreign financial institutions.

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Otemachi PAL Building demolition to begin in August

Otemachi PAL Building

As part of the Otemachi 1-2 District Redevelopment, Kajima Corporation will begin demolition of the Otemachi PAL Building next month. The PAL Building, along with the Otemachi 1 Chome Mitsui Building and the Mitsui Bussan Building are all being demolished to make way for two new office towers which are due for completion between 2019 ~ 2021. The owners of the buildings, Mitsui Bussan and Mitsui Fudosan, are expected to contribute around 170 billion Yen (1.37 billion USD) towards the redevelopment.

The Otemachi PAL Building is a 9-storey building with a total floor area of 27,923 sqm. It was built by Takenaka Corporation and completed in 1961. Mitsui Bussan and Mitsui Fudosan acquired the building from consumer credit company Promise in 2011 for 72 billion Yen (approx. 900 million USD at the time).  After the sale, Promise leased the office space until they moved into the SMBC Consumer Finance headquarters in Ginza in late 2013.

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Otemachi 2 Chome Project expected to sell for 200 billion Yen

Otemachi 2 Chome Development 1

The Japanese government is redeveloping a state-owned site in the Otemachi district near Tokyo Station.

The Urban Renaissance Agency, a semipublic housing company, will build a two office towers which will then be sold to a real estate company or fund once it has been filled with tenants. The sale price is expected to be over 200 billion Yen (1.62 billion USD), which, if achieved, would make it the highest price ever seen for government property.

To date, the most expensive recorded sale of state-owned land was for the former Japan Defense Agency land in Roppongi (now Tokyo Midtown). The land sold to a consortium of real estate developers in 2000 for 180 billion Yen.

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Otemachi business area to see first apartments in 2017

Ascott The Residence Otemachi 2

Japan’s top business district is about to get its very first apartment development. Mitsubishi Jisho announced on April 14 that luxury serviced apartment operator, The Ascott Limited, will occupy part of a new high-rise development in Otemachi 1 Chome.

While the Singaporean company already operates Citidines and Somerset serviced apartments throughout Tokyo, this will be their first ‘Ascott The Residence’ branded property in Japan. The residence will cater to domestic and foreign business people looking for long-stay accommodation. The apartments should begin taking guests from early 2017. 

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Yomiuri Shimbun Building officially opened

Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo Head Office Building OtemachiThe new headquarters of the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper in Otemachi was officially opened on November 28. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a celebratory address to the 900 guests at the opening ceremony.

The 200m tall 33-storey building has replaced the former 10-storey head office. It is now the tallest building in the Otemachi area and is slightly higher than the 199.7m tall Otemachi Tower which was completed in August.

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