Minoru Mori

MORI Building
  • MORI Building

  • From building office blocks in the charred ruins of post-war Tokyo to creating Japan's largest ever urban development, Mori Building Co. has revolutionized how cities are made.

    In the late 1960s, after the success of its early 'number buildings', the company changed its focus from individual sites to whole neighbourhoods as Japan's economic miracle fuelled a building boom. By the 1980s Mori had completed the groundbreaking redevelopment at Ark Hills, home to the country's first 'intelligent building' which became Tokyo's international finance hub. This was the forerunner to the Roppongi Hills project - a cultural quarter which has attracted 40 million visitors a year since it was completed in 2003 and is Japan's biggest private development to date.

    In this book, Minoru Mori tells the story of the remarkable growth and pioneering vision that made Mori Building Co. Japan's leading developer. He traces the entire history of the company and shows how the unconventional thinking championed by Mori will be vital as Japan faces the challenges of recovering from a devastating tsunami while dealing with a shrinking population and a turbulent global economy.

Minoru Mori was born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1934. Upon graduation from the University of Tokyo in 1959 he co-founded Mori Building Co. as Director. He became President and CEO from January 1993 to June 2011, and is now Chairman and CEO. Mori is a member of many policy committees and consultative councils for the Japanese government. He was named Asia Businessman of the Year by Fortune magazine (January 2008) and was made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2009.

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