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[1]
Opening April 1968[2]
Owner Kasumi Kaikan Incorporated Association
Mitsui Fudosan[2]
Roof 156 meters (512 ft)[1]
Technical details
Floor count 36 above ground
3 below ground[3]
Floor area 153,234 square meters (1,649,400 sq ft)[2]
Grounds 16,320 square meters (175,700 sq ft)[2]
Design and construction
Architect Kajima Construction[4]

The Kasumigaseki Building (霞が関ビル Kasumigaseki biru?) is a 36-story skyscraper located in Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda, Tokyo. The building is widely regarded as the first modern office skyscraper in Japan.[5] The reason high-rise buildings were not built in the country earlier was that Japan's Building Standard Law set an absolute height limit of 31 meters (102 ft) until 1963, when the limit was abolished in favor of a Floor Area Ratio limit.[6]


The Asian Development Bank Institute has its head office on the 8th floor of the Kasumigaseki Building.[7] On the same floor, the Asian Development Bank has its Japan offices.[8] PricewaterhouseCoopers has offices on the 15th floor of the building.[9]

At one time All Nippon Airways had its headquarters in the building.[10] At one time Mitsui Chemicals had its headquarters in the building.[11] 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.[12]

Two airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Union des Transports Aériens, at one time had offices in the building.[13][14]

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.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Kasumigaseki Building". emporis.com. Emporis. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Kasumigaseki Building Guide Book" (PDF). kasumigaseki36.com. July 2008. p. 3. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kasumigaseki Building". skyscrapercenter.com. The Skyscraper Center. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Schilling, Mark. "Airplane flick tells only half the story." The Japan Times. Friday November 14, 2008. Retrieved on February 19, 2010.
  5. ^ "Japan’s first skyscraper turns 30". Japan Times. 1998-04-17. Archived from the original on 2015-03-24. 
  6. ^ Wantanabe, Hiroshi (2001). The Architecture of Tokyo. Edition Axel Menges. p. 119. ISBN 3-930698-93-5. 
  7. ^ "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"
  8. ^ "Contacts." (Archive) Asian Development Bank. Retrieved on February 19, 2012. "Kasumigaseki Building 8F 3-2-5 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-6008, Japan"
  9. ^ "PwC office locations in Japan." PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Retrieved on February 18, 2010.
  10. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 30, 1985. 50." Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  11. ^ "What's New." Mitsui Chemicals. June 5, 2001. Retrieved on February 18, 2010.
  12. ^ "Chapter 3. On the path to becoming a member of the incumbent carrier group." Nippon Cargo Airlines. Retrieved on February 18, 2010.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ 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)