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Almost-complete condo building in Tokyo to be torn down for obstructing scenery of Mount Fuji

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A brand-new, nearly completed condominium building in Kunitachi, western Tokyo, is about to be torn down. The decision came after residents voiced their concerns about the structure obstructing the cherished view of Mount Fuji. The developer, Sekisui House Ltd., issued an apology, acknowledging the impact the building would have had on the iconic landscape.


The 10-story structure, initially designed to house 18 units, each priced within ¥70 million to below ¥90 million (approx US$450k to US$580k) , was set to be completed in July this year. However, the project was abruptly cancelled on June 3. The developer’s decision to prioritize the preservation of the landscape over the completion of the building has sparked a wave of discussions.


Despite the company’s insistence that no construction regulations were violated, the incident has led to criticism from Kunitachi Mayor Kazuo Nagami. The mayor expressed his disappointment with Sekisui House for causing confusion and disturbance among the local residents and officials.



Interestingly, this is not the first time Sekisui House has made alterations to the “Gurandomezon Kunitachi Fujimi-dori” condominium project. The company had earlier made two design changes to accommodate neighbors' complaints.


Sekisui House, one of the largest homebuilders in Japan, has yet to announce plans to the land post-demolition.



This incident serves as a reminder of the delicate balance between urban development and the preservation of natural landscapes. It raises the question: How can we ensure that the rapid pace of construction does not compromise the beauty of our natural surroundings?



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