三菱地所、英大使館の土地を一部取得 再開発へ イギリスが得た売却益は在インド英国大使館の改修費に充填 イギリス

“一等地”英国大使館の一部返還、公園に
日テレ
2015年8月31日 16:38
https://www.news24.jp/articles/2015/08/31/06308347.html

 東京都内の一等地にあるイギリス大使館の土地の一部が、143年ぶりに日本政府に返還された。

 31日に返還されたのは、東京・千代田区の皇居にほど近いイギリス大使館の敷地の一部。土地は今から143年前の1872年、江戸時代の大名屋敷の跡を明治政府がイギリス政府に大使館用として無期限で貸し付けていた。

 しかし、イギリス側から日本政府に支払われている年間の賃貸料約8100万円が高額だとして両政府の間で話し合いが行われ、賃貸料をなくす代わりに土地の一部が返還されることになった。

 今回返還されたのは、貸し付けられていた国有地約3万5000平方メートルのうち約7000平方メートル。この土地には樹齢80年を超える桜の木が10本ほど残されていて、今後公園として整備され、来年度以降一般開放される予定。



三菱地所、英大使館の土地を一部取得 再開発へ 
2021年10月14日 16:05 [有料会員限定]
https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXZQOUC143330U1A011C2000000/

三菱地所が14日、駐日英国大使館(東京・千代田)の土地の一部取得に関する交渉権を得たことがわかった。敷地面積の3万平方メートル弱のうち何割を取得するかなどは今後詰める。三菱地所は好立地を生かした超高級マンションを含め再開発計画を練るもよう。都心部の好立地のマンション人気を映す注目物件となりそうだ。

駐日英国大使館は、皇居に近い都心の超一等地にある。明治政府が1872年、大名屋敷の跡を英政府に大使館の敷地と...



Britain sells part of Tokyo embassy compound near imperial palace for luxury flat development

UK’s sale of part of the building likely includes deputy ambassador’s residence and swimming pool
Proceeds will go to solar panels for Tokyo compound, and upgrading embassy in New Delhi

Julian Ryall
5:00pm, 19 Oct, 2021
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/article/3152787/britain-sells-part-tokyo-embassy-compound-near-imperial-palace-luxury

The British government is selling a sizeable portion of its embassy in Japan for redevelopment into luxury flats and hopes to use part of the sale proceeds to upgrade the rest of the Tokyo compound and its missions elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific region.

The land is being bought by Japan’s Mitsubishi Estate Group, which saw off five rival bidders, and has already been earmarked for an exclusive apartment complex.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in London said proceeds of the sale would go to upgrades to the Tokyo compound, including making it “more modern and sustainable ... through solar panels and improving energy efficiency”.

Some of the cash will also be used to enhance diplomatic facilities elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific region, including the embassy compound in New Delhi.

There has been no confirmation on how much money the British government will receive or the exact size of the plot of land being sold, but it is understood to be the southern end of the compound currently occupied by the deputy ambassador’s residence, staff accommodation, gardens and the embassy swimming pool.

The British embassy in Tokyo is an imposing building directly to the west of the imperial palace and only separated from the emperor’s primary residence by a moat. It previously belonged to a powerful feudal lord and was acquired in 1872.

It was badly damaged in the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. A new building was completed in 1929 and remains in use today, with more recent additions.

It is not clear whether the sale will affect the large lawn and gardens of the official residence of Julia Longbottom, who in March became the first female ambassador to represent the UK in Japan.

Traditionally, the gardens have been used for diplomatic and other events throughout the year, including celebrations of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday.

The foreign office was quick to emphasise that the reduction in the physical size of the diplomatic presence in Tokyo would have no impact on London’s commitment to its alliance with Japan.

Japan has also made clear its hopes that Britain will play a greater role in the Indo-Pacific’s economic and security situation.

“By constantly reviewing the set-up of our 270 overseas missions, we can deliver value for money for British taxpayers while we promote the UK’s interests around the world,” said the foreign office.

It pointed out that Prime Minister Boris Johnson underlined the importance the UK places on its “strategic partnership and friendship” with Japan when he spoke to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on October 13.

Japan’s foreign ministry echoed that position, confirming that “the government of Japan has the honour to respect the decision of the UK government” on the sale of the land.

The ministry added that both governments “affirmed repeatedly on the occasion of talks between the prime ministers and the foreign ministers their mutual understanding to further strengthen Japan-UK relations”.

Reducing the UK’s physical presence in Tokyo does not send the best message, suggested Ben Ascione, an assistant professor of international relations at Tokyo’s Waseda University.

“Japan has been very positive about the role and presence of Britain in the region and the two sides have repeated the importance of security and a ‘free and open’ Indo-Pacific,” he said. “Something like this is symbolic – but at the same time I do not believe it will undermine the general direction of Japan intensifying its engagement with Britain.”

In August, Japan welcomed the deployment of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and its accompanying fleet to the region. Tokyo is concerned at the growing military and geopolitical aggression being shown by China and has been seeking to build on its security ties with long-standing allies.

No longer a part of the European Union, the UK applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in February.

The application is currently being considered by the 11 original signatory nations, with Japan strongly championing the inclusion of Britain as the only European member of a trade bloc that at present represents more than 13 per cent of global GDP.



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