Following MacArthur's Footsteps: Part II, Daiichi Seimei Building
For Part II of Following MacArthur's Footsteps, let's visit the home for the General Headquarters of the Occupation: the Daiichi Seimei Building.
After Japan formally surrendered to the Allied Powers on 2 September 1945, General MacArthur established the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the Occupation in downtown Tokyo. It is said that he had two requirements for the Headquarters facility: (1) it had to be close to the Imperial Palace and (2) it had to be climate controlled. Thus, the relatively new Daiichi Seimei building, situated right across the street from the main entrance to the Imperial Palace grounds in the Marunouchi area of Tokyo, became the site for the GHQ from 1945-1952.
The Daiichi Seimei Building is located adjacent to Hibiya Metro Station, about three minutes away from Yurakucho station, or about a ten minute walk away from Tokyo Station.
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