Japan’s tallest building named Abeno Harukasu


OSAKA (majirox news) — Japan’s tallest building, a 60-storey, 300-meter-tall (985 feet) skyscraper slated to open in Osaka’s Abeno-ku in the spring of 2014, has been named Abeno Harukasu, owners Kintetsu Corp. said Aug. 25.

The building, whose name derives from an archaic Japanese expression meaning “To make the spirit cheerful or refreshed,” has bucked the trend of Osaka’s slumping real estate market by already sealing deals with tenants for about half its office space.

“The building will also have a viewing platform, so we expect it to become a place where visitors can brighten up,” Kintetsu Corp. Vice-President Muneo Taniguchi said.

Harukasu will have 60 floors above ground and five basement floors. It is expected to attract about 130,000 visitors a day once it opens in 2014.

Among the deals Kintetsu Corp. is already working on with tenants to set up bases in the building are arrangements with the Kintetsu Department Store, Marriott Hotel chain, Kansai Electric Power Co. and medium-sized general contractor Okumura Corp.

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