Roppongi Hills celebrates 10th year

JIJI

Roppongi Hills, the giant commercial and residential complex in downtown Tokyo, celebrated its 10th anniversary Thursday, with its reputation as one of the capital’s busiest and most trendy facilities showing no sign of fading.

The complex, anchored by 54-story Mori Tower, still attracts more than 40 million visitors each year.

Roppongi Hills was born out of a 17-year project launched by property developer Mori Building Co. to redevelop an overcrowded 12-hectare portion of the Roppongi entertainment district in Minato Ward with record ¥270 billion urban redevelopment project.

Mori Tower has attracted many foreign companies looking for HQ space since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, thanks to its advanced disaster-preparedness features, which include its own power generator. Its occupancy rate is now around 70 percent.