Dentsu mulls selling headquarters building for 300 bil. yen
Kyodo -- Jan 21
Japanese advertising giant Dentsu Group Inc. is considering selling its 48-story headquarters building in Tokyo for some 300 billion yen ($2.9 billion), which would make it the highest-priced building to be sold in Japan, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.

The possible sale would come as many of 9,000 Dentsu employees at the headquarters are working from home due to the novel coronavirus pandemic as part of efforts to curb virus infections, and only about 20 percent of them currently commute to the office, the sources said.

Earlier in the month, the Japanese government declared a state of emergency for the second time in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures, later expanding it to include some other prefectures.

- Kyodo

大手広告会社の「電通」が本社ビルの売却を検討しています。  電通は新型コロナウイルスの影響や働き方改革のため、去年から社員の出社率を3割以下に抑え、緊急事態宣言が出た今月は2割以下に抑えています。  今後、オフィスの効率化などを目指し、東京・汐留にある本社ビルを売却して本社以外で仕事ができるサテライトオフィスの整備や事業構造改革への資金を得る考えです。売却額は数千億円規模になるとみられています。  電通は売却後も賃貸契約を結び、本社は移転しない方針です。 - ANNnewsCH

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