Kasumigaseki Building

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Kasumigaseki Building
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General information
Status Complete
Type Mixed-use
Location 3-2-5 Kasumigaseki
Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates 35°40′17″N 139°44′50″E / 35.6712821°N 139.7472123°E / 35.6712821; 139.7472123Coordinates: 35°40′17″N 139°44′50″E / 35.6712821°N 139.7472123°E / 35.6712821; 139.7472123
Construction started March 1965
Completed 1968
Opening April 1968
Owner Mitsui Fudosan[citation needed]
Roof 156 meters (512 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 36 above ground
3 below ground
Design and construction
Architect Kajima Construction[1]

The Kasumigaseki Building (霞が関ビル Kasumigaseki biru?) is a 30-story skyscraper located in Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda, Tokyo. The building is widely regarded as the first modern office skyscraper in Japan. The reason high-rise buildings were not built in the country earlier was that the Building Standard Law set a uniform maximum height of 31 m to protect the cityscape and avoid the technical issues involved in building large buildings in a country prone to earthquakes.[citation needed]


The Asian Development Bank Institute has its head office on the 8th floor of the Kasumigaseki Building.[2] On the same floor, the Asian Development Bank has its Japan offices.[3] PricewaterhouseCoopers has offices on the 15th floor of the building.[4]

At one time All Nippon Airways had its headquarters in the building.[5] At one time Mitsui Chemicals had its headquarters in the building.[6] In July 1978, when Nippon Cargo Airlines first began, it operated within a single room inside All Nippon Airways's space in the Kasumigaseki Building.[7]

Two airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Union des Transports Aériens, at one time had offices in the building.[8][9]

In popular culture[edit]

The Kasumigaseki Building is the main subject of the film Chōkōsō no Akebono, which was backed by Kajima Construction, the company that built the Kasumigaseki Building.[1]


  1. ^ a b Schilling, Mark. "Airplane flick tells only half the story." The Japan Times. Friday November 14, 2008. Retrieved on February 19, 2010.
  2. ^ "Contact Us." Asian Development Bank Institute. Retrieved on February 19, 2012. "ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK INSTITUTE Kasumigaseki Building 8F 3-2-5, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6008, Japan"
  3. ^ "Contacts." (Archive) Asian Development Bank. Retrieved on February 19, 2012. "Kasumigaseki Building 8F 3-2-5 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-6008, Japan"
  4. ^ "PwC office locations in Japan." PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Retrieved on February 18, 2010.
  5. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 30, 1985. 50." Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  6. ^ "What's New." Mitsui Chemicals. June 5, 2001. Retrieved on February 18, 2010.
  7. ^ "Chapter 3. On the path to becoming a member of the incumbent carrier group." Nippon Cargo Airlines. Retrieved on February 18, 2010.
  8. ^ Taylor, Chris and Nicko Goncharoff. Japan. Lonely Planet, 1997. 243. Retrieved from Google Books on February 19, 2010. ISBN 0-86442-493-0, ISBN 978-0-86442-493-8.
  9. ^ Director of Foreign Residents, Volume 31. Japan Times, 1978. 479. Retrieved from Google Books (original from the University of Michigan, digitized December 9, 2008) on February 19, 2010.

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Preceded by
Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Tallest building in Japan
156 m (512 ft)
Succeeded by
World Trade Center Building
Tallest building in Tokyo
156 m (512 ft)