Sumitomo acquires site of former gangster headquarters in Roppongi

By on November 4, 2011 under National,Photo Blog,Roppongi,Yakuza
Current view of site of former TSK.CCC building with Tokyo Midtown in background

Current view of site of former TSK.CCC building with Tokyo Midtown in background

TOKYO (TR) – Sumitomo Realty & Development last month acquired a controversial property once used as the headquarters for a yakuza organization in Tokyo’s Roppongi entertainment district, public records show.

Documents obtained from the real estate section of the Minato Ward branch of the legal affairs bureau indicate that on October 11 Sumitomo took title of the 3,800-square-meter property that was once occupied by the infamous TSK.CCC Terminal building, situated midway between the Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills complexes.

The purchase by the major developer concludes a drawn-out saga of determining ownership of the now vacant property.

Korean mobster Hisayuki Machii, who made his fortune in real estate and operated a ferry service between Japan and South Korea, opened the company’s “Celebrity Choice Club” (CCC) in Roppongi in 1973. Machii, known as “the Ginza Tiger,” headed the company Toa Sogo Kigyo (TSK), a front for the Tosei-kai yakuza gang, which dominated Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza district beginning in the early 1960s.

The then lavish complex, which rose seven floors above ground and three below, boasted night clubs, a beauty salon, a spa, the headquarters of Toa Sogo Kigyo, and a rooftop garden and a tennis court — all just seconds from the bustling Roppongi crossing.

Upon Machii’s death, in September 2002, at the age of 79, ownership of the structure became unclear. Creditors, who over the decades had found getting payments from mobsters highly challenging, seized the majority of the building. Complicating matters were building registration irregularities and multiple parties claiming ownership to various other bits of the structure.

For years, establishments operated in some areas while others remained chained shut. Prior to commencement of demolition, it housed the club Vanilla, the bar Tokyo Sports Cafe, and the hostess club Private Eyes.

In July 2006, a real estate company today known as Toshi Urban Kaihatsu purchased the majority of the site at auction for 25.2 billion yen.

By August of 2007, the company had bought up the remaining pieces. Osaka-based contractor Daito started demolition of the structure soon after.

However, real estate watchers became skeptical of Toshi Urban Kaihatsu’s purchase given that it was listed as a limited liability company and capitalized at only 3 million yen.

The demolition work was completed by April of the next year. The site has been empty and surrounded by a white fence ever since.

Sumitomo did not immediately return a request for comment on the acquisition.

Current view of site of former TSK.CCC building with location of former night club Velfarre at left

Current view of site of former TSK.CCC building with location of former night club Velfarre at left

(Photo by Tokyo Reporter, November 3, 2011)

View of TSK.CCC building during demolition in 2008 with Roppongi Hills at right

View of TSK.CCC building during demolition in 2008 with Roppongi Hills at right

(Photo by Tokyo Reporter, March 16, 2008)

Current view of site of former TSK.CCC building with Roppongi Hills at right

Current view of site of former TSK.CCC building with Roppongi Hills at right

(Photo by Tokyo Reporter, November 3, 2011)

View of TSK.CCC building during demolition in 2008 with Roppongi Hills at right

View of TSK.CCC building during demolition in 2008 with Roppongi Hills at right

(Photo by Tokyo Reporter, March 16, 2008)

View of TSK.CCC building during demolition in 2008 with Roppongi Hills in background

View of TSK.CCC building during demolition in 2008 with Roppongi Hills in background

(Photo by Tokyo Reporter, March 16, 2008)

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