The Heiwa Real Estate Group places importance on coexistence with local communities and broadly works to contribute to society as a good corporate citizen. The Group proactively participates in various social contribution activities with a view to offer benefits to the communities it serves.
Nihonbashi Kabutocho and Kayabacho Revitalization Project
Contributing to the Tokyo metropolitan government's “Global Financial City: Tokyo” Vision
Heiwa Real Estate has proposed three concepts to the Tokyo metropolitan government for improving the securities trading and financial performance of the Nihonbashi Kabutocho and Kayabacho district. At each stage of its redevelopment of the area, the Group has incorporated innovative finance-related initiatives aimed at raising Tokyo's status as an international financial center in step with the government's vision to make it a global financial city. In these ways, the Group is playing a role in realizing the “Global Financial City: Tokyo” Vision by paving the way for the entire district's future.
In May 2019, construction commenced on our leading redevelopment project, the Nihonbashi Kabutocho Section 7 Development Plan (tentative name). The building name “KABUTO ONE” was decided in the hope that “always and from now on, Kabutocho will continue to be a constant starting point = base of Japan’s economy.”
Launched in March 2018, this project has been approved by the Prime Minister as a business to improve buildings, etc. in the National Strategic City Planning in the National Strategic Special Zone of Tokyo Metropolitan Area. We will continue to play a part in the concept of Global Financial City: Tokyo through the Project and will endeavor to further develop and improve the attractiveness of Nihonbashi Kabutocho and Kayabacho area as a whole.
Additionally, we will contribute to the creation of thoroughfares, sidewalks and other open spaces, as well as improve pedestrian mobility and create a bustling atmosphere by reorganizing and integrating the entire block area. Further, we will contribute to improving disaster preparedness in the area through the establishment of temporary waiting areas to assist people unable to return home during a disaster as well as warehouses for storing emergency supplies.
Membership in the Consortium for Japan International Asset Management Center Promotion (JIAM)
Heiwa Real Estate is a member of the Consortium for Japan International Asset Management Center Promotion (JIAM), which was established in October 2016 for the purpose of improving the international competitiveness of Japan's asset management industry. Other members include the Japan Securities Dealers Association, Investment Trusts Association, Japan Investment Advisors Association, and Japan Exchange Group, Inc. The consortium works to attract foreign investment in the industry by participating in various conferences and events, including seminars organized by the Tokyo metropolitan government intended to establish Tokyo as a global financial city.
Developing FinGATE Brand
In support of the “Global Financial City: Tokyo” vision, we will revitalize Nihonbashi Kabutocho and Kayabacho to support the growth of start-ups such as fintech companies. We will also develop three office buildings as a new financial center for the district called FinGATE.
Bringing prosperity to Osaka's Kitahama district
1. Opening of the Kitahama Terrace
Heiwa Real Estate created a buzz in the Kitahama area of Osaka with its opening of the Kitahama Terrace, a riverside commercial complex connected to the Kitahama 1-Chome Heiwa Building and Heiwa Real Estate Kitahama Building.
2. Holding exciting events in the Osaka Securities Exchange Building atrium
As part of its efforts to revive the Kitahama area, the Group has been holding various events in the atrium of the Osaka Securities Exchange Building, including public telecasts of the Osaka Women's Marathon, classical music performances by the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, and summer holiday economics seminars for parents and their children, sponsored by Osaka Securities Exchange.
Creation a thriving neighborhood at Sakae, Nagoya.
The Kitahama district of Osaka is, like Nihonbashi Kabutocho in Tokyo, home to many brokerage firms. When rebuilding the Osaka Exchange, we decided to endow it with symbolism so it would act as the catalyst for Kitahama's transformation into an even more vibrant neighborhood.
Participation in urban development projects in Sapporo and Fukuoka
1. Activities in Sapporo
Heiwa Real Estate owns and operates several buildings in the city of Sapporo, including the Dogin Building, Shin-Odori Building, and Sapporo Ekimae Godo Building. The Group, along with other local businesses and land owners, has joined an urban planning committee that was set up to examine the full-scale redevelopment of the district in which the Sapporo Ekimae Godo Building is located.
2. Activities in Fukuoka
The Group owns and operates several buildings in the Tenjin district of the city of Fukuoka, including the Fukuoka Shoken Building, Fukuoka Heiwa Building, and Tenjin Heiwa Building. The Group has joined an urban planning consortium of local businesses and land owners that was established to completely redevelop a 17-hectare area surrounding Tenjin Meiji-dori Avenue, a project now underway and approaching an important new stage.
Contributing to Communities as a Corporate Citizen
Involvement in community events
1. Participation in the Sanno Festival
The Group participates in the Sanno Festival, one of the three major festivals of Tokyo since the Edo era, by collaborating with the neighborhood association in carrying a mikoshi (portable shrine) through the streets of Nihonbashi Kabutocho. The participation of numerous local companies has vitalized the Nihonbashi Kabutocho and Kayabacho district. We will continue to deepen interaction with local residents by actively participating in community events.
2. Cleanup events in Nihonbashi Kabutocho
The Group participates in cleanup events in the Nihonbashi Kabutocho district in cooperation with local businesses and the local neighborhood association.
3. Trees donated to Chuo Ward for lining streets in Nihonbashi Kayabacho
The Group gifted boulevard trees (20 dogwood trees) to the district of Nihonbashi Kayabacho in Tokyo's Chuo Ward, which was targeted by the landscape improvement and boulevard tree planting project that the Chuo Ward government promoted for 2017.
4. Placement and Exhibition of the Red Stone from Sado in Connection with Old Eiichi Shibusawa
In 1888 when Eiichi Shibusawa, who is known as the father of capitalism in Japan, built his Kabutocho house in the place where the Nisshokan Building, in which our headquarters resides, is currently located, he placed the Red Stone from Sado there as a histric stone to wish for the development of Japan's economy. In 2017, as one of the activities to mark the 70th anniversary project, we will exhibit the Red Stone from Sado in the Nihonbashi Kabutocho district for the first time in 110 years.
Community Networking and PR Initiatives
1. CAFE SALVADOR BUSINESS SALON
The Group has been operating the Cafe Salvador Business Salon on the first floor of the Tokyo Shoken Kaikan Building in the Nihonbashi Kabutocho and Kayabacho district with the goals of bringing energy and prosperity to the area and creating a venue for sharing news about the district's redevelopment.
2. Kabuto Live! website
Heiwa Real Estate launched and operates a community website for the Nihonbashi Kabutocho and Kayabacho district. Through the website Kabuto Live! (https://kabuto-live.com/), the Group contributes to the area's revitalization by publishing information about local events and the culture of the Nihonbashi Kabutocho and Kayabacho district, which developed as Tokyo's financial center. The site helps bring energy to the area by providing people with information on various opportunities to learn about building an asset portfolio as well as news of business matching and other events.
3. Kabutocho and Kayabacho featured in Tokyojin magazine
The Group produced supplementary book on the excitement of the Kabutocho and Kayabacho district for Tokyojin, a Japanese-language monthly magazine. The feature was written to promote the history and attractions of the area, relay the desires of local residents to share stories and preserve the neighborhood, and explain how the district is playing a role in making Tokyo a global financial city.