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Materials derived from cabbage (left), iyokan (center) and onion by Tokyo-based startup Fabula, which is working to develop new materials that can replace concrete.
Aug 27, 2023
Japan’s scrap-and-rebuild culture faces an environmental reckoning
The nation's tendency toward new construction — rather than renovation — is coming under renewed scrutiny amid concerns over sustainability.
An area congested with wooden houses in Tokyo's Higashi-Ikebukuro district
JAPAN / Society
Aug 20, 2023
Tokyo aiming to eliminate areas congested with wooden houses
As of 2020, Tokyo had some 8,600 hectares of such areas that are expected to suffer particularly severe damage in the event of a large quake.
The Azabudai Hills development in Tokyo on Tuesday
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 8, 2023
Mori Building to open Azabudai Hills complex in Tokyo in November
The company hopes the project will boost the capital’s competitive edge over metropolises overseas.
A man makes his way through a flooded road after the rains and floods brought by remnants of Typhoon Doksuri, in Zhuozhou, Hebei province, China, on Thursday.
Aug 4, 2023
China’s ‘sponge cities’ are not built for extreme flood events
China has invested billions of dollars in recent years to protect against extreme rainfall after a 2012 flood in Beijing killed 79 people.
Residents walk through misters during a heat wave in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 20.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Aug 1, 2023
How urban heat islands add to the misery of heat waves
While grass or soil absorb less heat, asphalt and concrete can absorb as much as 95% of the sun's energy then send it back into the atmosphere.
Wind-catchers in Iran's central city of Yazd. The tall, chimney-like towers are just one of the engineering marvels inhabitants have developed to adapt to the harsh desert climate in central Iran.
Jul 28, 2023
Iran's ancient 'wind catchers' beat the heat naturally
Unlike energy-guzzling air-conditioners, the tall, chimney-like towers are cost and carbon-free.
Japan Times
Jul 17, 2023
Turkey quake survivors' latest menace — dust
Some 210 million metric tons of rubble must be disposed of, and some fear safety measures are being ignored.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2023
Capsules from Tokyo's dismantled Nakagin tower being given new life
The building was dismantled last year, but some former residents have stood up to save its capsules.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History / Longform
Jun 19, 2023
Resurrecting a prince's home with a dark wartime past
Tekigaiso hosted meetings that helped set Japan's course during World War II. But with an extensive renovation taking place, how much of its story is set to be told?
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 14, 2023
China’s property tycoons remain in charge even as empires fall
To some observers, keeping the property magnates in charge ensures that their interests remain aligned with those of bondholders.
Japan Times
Apr 7, 2023
New 225-meter-tall skyscraper unveiled in Tokyo's Kabukicho nightlife district
With 48 floors above ground and five below, Tokyu Kabukicho Tower houses two hotels as well as entertainment facilities like a theater, a concert hall and a movie house.
Japan Times
Mar 14, 2023
Tokyo to get major new office spaces this year, but is there demand?
Massive redevelopment projects in central areas are opening at a time when the vacancy rate is already indicating oversupply.
Japan Times
Feb 16, 2023
One of the world’s cleanest new skyscrapers collides with the future
One Vanderbilt in New York is built to be especially climate friendly. But the design landscape is changing so quickly that some features are now yesterday's news.
Japan Times
Nov 17, 2022
Property markets work better when the line doesn’t always go up
Japan's housing sector has been flat for years. But if dwellings are plentiful and attainable, why should that be a bad thing?
Japan Times
Nov 1, 2022
China’s property crash sends billionaire founders heading to exits
The nation's worsening credit crisis has led to defaults, failure to deliver homes on time and an unrelenting market selloff.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 18, 2022
Japanese and Australian firms collaborate on world's tallest timber tower
Tokyo-based Obayashi and Sydney-based Built plan to complete construction on the 39-story Atlassian Central in 2026 using eco-friendly materials.
Japan Times
Sep 12, 2022
10 years old, Tokyo Skytree asserts itself as symbol of capital
With over 315 million visitors, the tower is now a landmark in the capital, forever leaving its imprint on the skyline.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 1, 2022
Japan's property market lures private equity with solid yields
Property investors worldwide are flush with cash and emboldened by stabilizing vacancy rates and rents after disruption by the pandemic, and some are setting their sights on Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 5, 2022
Knauf bid for Chiyoda Ute a rare example of foreign takeover success
The secret behind the deal? Seven years, a lot of conversations and plenty of patience.
Japan Times
May 30, 2022
China's anti-virus spending boosts medical, tech and construction sectors
China aims to have COVID-19 testing facilities within 15-minutes' walk of everyone in its big cities and continues to impose mass testing at the slightest sign of an outbreak.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?