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AXA Real Estate acquires Tokyo office building

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers has led, on behalf of a special purpose company fully invested by AXA Life Insurance Co, the acquisition of Tokyo office building Nakano Central Park East.

The acquisition, from a vehicle in which Japanese developer Tokyo Tatemono Co Limited is a majority shareholder, is one of the largest real estate transactions in Japan in the last 12 months.
Nakano Central Park East is a 39,025 sqm (GFA), prime office building situated beside Nakano Shikinomori Park. The property, which was built in March 2012 as part of an extensive redevelopment project, is one of two tower buildings on the site and comprises 12 floors, including two basements levels, of 2,800 sqm standard floor plates. The building also incorporates approximately 700 sqm of commercial space providing restaurants, cafes and convenience stores.
Nakano City, which borders the west end of the Shinjuku district in Tokyo, has a population of circa 313,000 and is one of Japan’s most densely populated districts. The building forms part of the local government’s redevelopment programme to create a self-contained site comprising a refurbished railway station, newly landscaped public park, a hospital and three new universities.
Under the terms of the transaction, the building will be managed by AXA Real Estate’s specialist on-the-ground asset management team. Tokyo Tatemono will retain its involvement in the project, responsible for the overall management and maintenance of the wider development project and site.
Tetsuya Karasawa, head of AXA Real Estate Japan, says: “This is a highly significant acquisition for AXA Real Estate as it is the first acquisition that we have completed in Japan on behalf of a separate account client and it is of such a significant size. To acquire a prime high quality and prime asset, which offers stable long term income characteristics, in an increasingly competitive market for core investments, clearly demonstrates the ability of our established and experienced on-the-ground team to source and execute transactions of this calibre, which enables us to continue to meet the demands of our investors.”
Frank Khoo, global head of Asia at AXA Real Estate, says: “Global expansion is a key strategic priority for AXA Real Estate and we are committed to growing our real estate business in Japan as part of expanding our footprint throughout Asia. We believe in the significant potential of the Nakano Central Park redevelopment scheme and are fully supportive of its growth strategy as a long-term investor in the country. Following the success of this transaction, we also look forward to continuing our relationship with Tokyo Tatemono as a strategic partner.”

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