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BUILDINGS

Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 22, 2019
Designer Thomas Heatherwick injects green relief into Tokyo's concrete jungle with new Mori project
Construction of a sprawling new property development for Mori Building Co. in central Tokyo, which will house Japan's tallest skyscraper at around 330 meters when completed in 2023, finally kicked off earlier this month after three decades of negotiations with landlords.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 24, 2019
House-flipper takes advantage of Japan's 8 million-plus empty homes
More than 8 million homes lie abandoned across Japan, a symptom of the declining population and people's migration to major cities.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 2, 2019
Office makeovers focus on comfort and productivity as activity-based working takes hold in Japan
The first thing Hiroaki Ninoyu does almost every day when he arrives at work is head to the meditation room.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 26, 2019
Number of abandoned homes in Japan edges up to record high of nearly 8.5 million
Empty homes now account for 13.6 percent of Japan's housing stock, with the bulk of them concentrated in Yamanashi and Wakayama prefectures, government data show.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 19, 2019
Landlords cry foul as NYC climate bill targets Trump Tower and other skyscrapers
New York City has passed sweeping legislation to curb energy demand from some of its most iconic skyscrapers, including Trump Tower.
EDITORIALS
Feb 13, 2019
Get to bottom of flawed apartment construction
Both the company and the authorities need to determine why such a large-scale faulty construction was allowed to happen and take steps to ensure such problems aren't repeated in the future.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 20, 2018
Carrot nanomaterial found to make cement stronger and greener
Crunchy and tasty, yes, but could carrots also strengthen cement and cut carbon dioxide emissions for the building industry?
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 29, 2018
Historic Tokyo house to become gathering place for executives and entrepreneurs
A 91-year-old historic residence in Tokyo will turn into a business hub starting next month with a goal of helping company executives and entrepreneurs cultivate new ideas and communicate freely, operators of the facility announced Wednesday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 9, 2018
Sony opens experimental 'park' in Ginza
In what appears to be an unusual mix, tech giant Sony Corp. opened a "park" in the middle of the Tokyo's ritzy Ginza district on Thursday with four subterranean levels.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 7, 2018
Malaysia's Najib Razak is out of power but his legacy lives on in giant skyscraper
As Malaysia seeks to move beyond the excesses associated with nearly a decade of rule under ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak, one of his pet projects continues to rise irreversibly skyward to become the tallest building in Southeast Asia.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / TELLING LIVES
Nov 1, 2017
Alex Kerr on Japan: From 'voice in the wind' to vindication
A quarter-century after his first book warned Japan of what it had to lose, Alex Kerr feels the nation is finally on the same page.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / How-tos / HOME TRUTHS
Oct 1, 2017
Re-registering property: The lie of the land
According to an article that appeared in the Asahi Shimbun last June, authorities are unsure of the title holders to 4.1 million hectares of land in Japan — in total, an area equivalent in size to the island of Kyushu. Though this problem has been evident at least since the 1980s, the government didn't do anything about it until a few years ago when it appointed a group of scholars to study the matter. The group's results were announced on June 26.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Aug 28, 2016
Building dreams in Japan
Buying or building your dream home in Japan can be nearly impossible.
JAPAN
Apr 30, 2016
12,000 buildings could collapse in quake-hit Kyushu
The land ministry says data collected on more than 43,000 buildings in Kumamoto Prefecture showed 12,013 to be “dangerous,” warning they could collapse due to aftershocks.
EDITORIALS
Dec 26, 2015
Perils of a slow-shaking quake
A new study finds that a long-lasting mega-quake in the Nankai Trough off Japan could imperil high-rise buildings hundreds of kilometers away.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 6, 2015
It should be home sweet home, but not in Japan
The destructive nexus between construction companies, bureaucracy and politicians is largely responsible for Japan's glut of rapidly depreciating houses.
JAPAN
Nov 30, 2015
70% of residents at tilting condo complex want entire site rebuilt
Nearly 70 percent of condo owners in the Yokohama complex with a tilting building want the entire site rebuilt, according to a survey conducted by the management association.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 12, 2015
Prime contractor for tilting Yokohama condo makes first public apology
The vice president of Sumitomo Mitsui Construction, the prime contractor for the tilting condominium building in Yokohama, has apologized over the incident — the first such acknowledgment of regret by the company since the scandal broke mid-October.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 11, 2015
Sumitomo Mitsui Construction says it cannot estimate earnings impact of scandal
Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co. said Wednesday it cannot estimate the impact on future earnings of a scandal that began with falsified data for pilings of a now-tilting condominium building.
EDITORIALS
Nov 11, 2015
Piling scandal needs deep probe
The probe into the piling data scandal mustn't end with individual companies and workers; instead it should dig deep into the very foundation of the construction industry and get at the real root of the problem.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
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