Mitsubishi Estate Boosts Security at Tokyo Buildings After Paris

  • Landlord is bringing forward regular checks following attacks
  • Developer is the biggest landlord in Marunouchi financial area

Mitsubishi Estate Co., the biggest landlord in Tokyo’s financial district, will start heightened security checks of its properties earlier than planned after the Paris terrorist attacks.

Japan’s largest developer by market value decided to bring forward to Saturday increased surveillance that it normally starts in December after the attacks in the French capital, said Takahiko Yamazaki, a spokesman for the Tokyo-based company.

“We took the decision that there was no need to wait,” Yamazaki said by phone Thursday. Staff working at building management companies of Mitsubishi Estate will increase both the number of sites that they examine and the frequency of the inspections, according to Yamazaki.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for attacks last week at seven sites in the Paris area that took 129 lives and left more than 300 people injured. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a statement on Nov. 14 that his government would work with France and the international community to counter terrorism.

“We will take anti-terrorism measures within our country with a stronger sense of security, and protect the safety of Japanese citizens who are overseas," he said.

Mitsubishi Estate’s office developments are focused in the Marunouchi district that makes up an area of 120 hectares (300 acres) between Tokyo Station and the Tokyo Imperial Palace grounds. There are about 100 office buildings in the area housing about 4,000 companies and employing 230,000 workers, according to the developer’s website.

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