Sony Corp says its historic landmark Sony Building in Tokyo’s posh shopping district Ginza will be torn down at the end of March 2017.
Following the demolition, the site will be used as park space for music and sports events between 2018 and 2020, ahead of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Sankei Shimbun reported. The company further revealed that it will begin constructing a new building after the fall of 2020, with plans for completion in 2022.
The famous building, which stands at a strategic location in the district, overseeing the Sukiyabashi crossing, opened in 1966 under the direction of Sony co-founder Akio Morita, who wished to open “a building serving as a gate to Ginza.”
The building, which attracts approximately 4 million visitors a year, hosts the Sony Store Ginza and showrooms for the company’s products, restaurants, shops, space event and even a tax-free floor.
Until the new building is constructed, Sony Store Ginza will be temporarily relocated to Ginza Place, a new shopping complex in the district set to open on Sept 24.© Japan Today