While Tokyo continues to be the highest-ranked Asian city in the annual Global Power City Index, published by the Mori Memorial Foundation’s Institute for Urban Strategies, the metropolis has yet to realize its full potential as a hub for international business. Mori Building Co., Ltd., the urban landscape developer whose name has become synonymous with the Minato Ward skyline, has a plan to change this. The company is undertaking four redevelopment projects in the Toranomon Hills area that will address Tokyo’s shortcomings through a concept they call the “Vertical Garden City.”
Innovative cities and urban development were talking points for Shingo Tsuji, president and CEO of Mori Building Co., Ltd., at MIPIM Japan 2015 in May. Describing how innovations and social movements drive nations forward, he said lots of change is occurring in Japan thanks to Tokyo’s focus on 2020. For example, while the Japanese market had been stagnant for the last 20 years, investment is now coming from abroad. In this interview, he tells BIJ.TV about the knock-on effect of a city’s magnetic power, and advises on what should be done to encourage global companies to establish their Asian headquarters in Japan.