'Cool Japan' complex envisioned in Saitama

Jun 5, 2015

'Cool Japan' complex envisioned in Saitama

by Kazuaki Nagata

Publisher Kadokawa Corp. has unveiled a vision to turn Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, into a hub for the “Cool Japan” movement by creating a cultural complex that it claims Japan has never seen the likes of before. Calling it the “Cool Japan Forest Vision,” the ...

Abandoned homes a growing menace

Jan 7, 2014

Abandoned homes a growing menace

by Tomoko Otake

Shinichi Ueda points to a two-story house standing on 7-meter-tall concrete blocks, flanked by other elevated dwellings. Built on a slope, the wooden structure — part of a 1,000-unit-plus residential area developed in the late 1970s in the suburban city of Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture ...