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August 20, 1989 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
After pumping $2.7 billion into the United States over the past several years, Shigeru Kobayashi owns a large chunk of downtown Los Angeles and a string of landmark American office buildings. He hobnobs with presidents, dabbles in philanthropy and celebrates his achievements in a high-profile publicity campaign. But he has an image problem at home. Kobayashi, 62, founder and president of the real estate giant Shuwa Corp.
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November 9, 1989 | FRANK CLIFFORD, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Relying on a controversial interpretation of Proposition 13, a Japanese real estate investment firm that three years ago stunned downtown Los Angeles with its purchase of the Arco Plaza twin skyscrapers is now seeking a $2-million-a-year property tax reduction. Shuwa Investment Corp.
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BUSINESS
August 20, 1989 | NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writer
Unlike his father, who makes headlines on both sides of the Pacific, Takaji Kobayashi prefers to keep a low profile. Careful not to outshine his father, the younger Kobayashi, known as T.K. at the company's U.S. headquarters in Arco Plaza in Los Angeles, has worked quietly for the past 10 years amassing $2.7 billion of prime U.S. commercial real estate holdings, 70% of which are in California. But earlier this month, he unexpectedly made the news when two former Shuwa employees sued the company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1986 | CATHLEEN DECKER, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley collected a $100,000 check to help pay for his proposed monument to immigrants on Monday--from a donor who said the cash represented a "small gift" of support for the city. "I'll take this kind of small gift any day of the week," the mayor responded, chuckling. The check was handed over by Shigeru Kobayashi, president of the Shuwa Corp. of Tokyo, Japan's biggest condominium developer.
BUSINESS
July 27, 1989 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
A Japanese real estate giant with substantial holdings in the United States has rattled the corporate establishment at home, challenging an entrenched system of crossed share holdings in a hostile takeover bid that may help open Japan's financial markets to foreign investors. Shuwa Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1989 | FRANK CLIFFORD, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Relying on a controversial interpretation of Proposition 13, a Japanese real estate investment firm that three years ago stunned downtown Los Angeles with its purchase of the Arco Plaza twin skyscrapers is now seeking a $2-million-a-year property tax reduction. Shuwa Investment Corp.
BUSINESS
August 20, 1989 | NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writer
Unlike his father, who makes headlines on both sides of the Pacific, Takaji Kobayashi prefers to keep a low profile. Careful not to outshine his father, the younger Kobayashi, known as T.K. at the company's U.S. headquarters in Arco Plaza in Los Angeles, has worked quietly for the past 10 years amassing $2.7 billion of prime U.S. commercial real estate holdings, 70% of which are in California. But earlier this month, he unexpectedly made the news when two former Shuwa employees sued the company.
REAL ESTATE
September 21, 1986 | DAVID W. MYERS, David W. Myers specializes in the financial aspects of real estate. and
Shuwa Co. Ltd. of Tokyo, the real estate conglomerate that formalized its $620-million cash purchase of downtown's Arco Plaza last week, wants to add another $1 billion to $2 billion worth of U. S. real estate holdings to its fast-growing portfolio, a top Shuwa official confirmed.
BUSINESS
April 6, 1999 | JESUS SANCHEZ and MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
More than a decade ago a little-known Japanese builder and investor, Shigeru Kobayashi, was well on his way to creating a new dynasty in American real estate. During a headline-making shopping spree in 1986, Kobayashi's real estate company, Shuwa Investments Corp., purchased about $1 billion in U.S. property, including office towers in Los Angeles, New York and Orange County. In just a few short years, Shuwa's American holdings totaled nearly $3 billion. But Shuwa's bold plunge into U.S.
BUSINESS
August 20, 1989 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
After pumping $2.7 billion into the United States over the past several years, Shigeru Kobayashi owns a large chunk of downtown Los Angeles and a string of landmark American office buildings. He hobnobs with presidents, dabbles in philanthropy and celebrates his achievements in a high-profile publicity campaign. But he has an image problem at home. Kobayashi, 62, founder and president of the real estate giant Shuwa Corp.
BUSINESS
July 27, 1989 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
A Japanese real estate giant with substantial holdings in the United States has rattled the corporate establishment at home, challenging an entrenched system of crossed share holdings in a hostile takeover bid that may help open Japan's financial markets to foreign investors. Shuwa Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1986 | CATHLEEN DECKER, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley collected a $100,000 check to help pay for his proposed monument to immigrants on Monday--from a donor who said the cash represented a "small gift" of support for the city. "I'll take this kind of small gift any day of the week," the mayor responded, chuckling. The check was handed over by Shigeru Kobayashi, president of the Shuwa Corp. of Tokyo, Japan's biggest condominium developer.
BUSINESS
February 24, 1988 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
Depending on who you talk to, insider trading is rampant--or nonexistent--in Japan. In either case, authorities are now taking steps to ensure that investors here understand that trading stocks on confidential information is not acceptable. An advisory committee to the Ministry of Finance is scheduled to unveil today a proposal to revise Japan's securities laws to that end.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2000 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
April Hazen adjusted the porcelain vase of roses and baby's breath on the counter of her bookstore. "People are bringing flowers like someone died," she said. Dutton's, the independent bookstore that Hazen has managed for 10 years in the underground Arco Plaza, will close its doors at the end of September because of declining sales. "I'm really sad, not just for myself. It's been a haven for people in the corporate world," she said. "They come in and poke around."
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