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Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Buys Tokyo Offices as Japan Upgrades Growth Forecast

The deals come during the same week that the Japanese government upgraded its outlook for economic growth in the world’s third-largest economy.

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Activity in Japan also remained strong, with transaction volume rising 30%

Singaporean sovereign wealth fund, is acquiring a 43 percent stake in Shinjuku MAYNDS Tower, a 97,978 square metre Grade-A office property in Tokyo for 62.5 billion yen ($558 million), according to a press release from the fund yesterday.

The Shinjuku SWF deal came just one day after a real estate affiliate of Prudential Financial announced the acquisition of J Tower in Tokyo’s suburban neighborhood, as the latest in an $808 million dollar series of Japanese acquisitions by the company over the past 14 months.

The deals come during the same week that the Japanese government upgraded its outlook for economic growth in the world’s third-largest economy.

GIC, which manages over $100 billion in assets, in a statement called the Shinjuku MAYNDS Tower deal a unique opportunity for the fund to acquire a sizeable and stable income-producing asset

GIC Buys into Shinjuku

Lee Kok Sun of GIC

Lee Kok Sun of GIC

The Singapore sovereign fund is buying a 43 percent stake in Shinjuku MAYNDS Tower from Daiwa Office Investment Corporation, with the latter retaining the same stake as that of GIC. The Grade-A office is 34-storey office building in Shinjuku, one of Tokyo’s largest commercial and retail districts.

Located in the newly-redeveloped area south of Shinjuku Station, it is five-minute walk away from the main JR Shinjuku Station. The property has attracted numerous quality tenants due to its prime location, GIC said in the press release.

 

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