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ABS Broadcasting Center

The ABS Broadcasting Center, pictured in November 2014.

The ABS Broadcasting Center (also known as the ABS Television Center) is the main headquarter building of the Aso Broadcasting System and its operator, Kabushiki Gaisha ABS. Its sister building is the Kabushiki Gaisha ABS Southwest Annexe in Irving, Texas.

History Edit

The ABS Broadcasting Center was opened in 1999 with the foundation of Kabushiki Gaisha ABS. The building houses the operations of the Aso Broadcasting System and the ABS N24 news channel.

In 2012, a large extension underwent construction. This would hold many new studios for its live entertainment shows and news programmes, and a 'Welcome Center' containing a large open area with seating, a stage for character performances, an interactive museum covering the station's history, multiple shops selling goods based on their programmes and franchises, and a food court. The open area and food court opened on the 4th of October 2014, with the shops opening on the 5th of November, and stage shows starting on the 15th of December.

In July 2016, a Chuck E. Cheese's family entertainment center opened in the basement level of the broadcasting center, marking the chain's debut in Japan.

Location Edit

The ABS Broadcasting Center is located in the Shinjuku Ward of Tokyo, on the northwest boundary of the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. The closest train station is Shinjuku-Sanchome.

Building Edit

The building itself has a large, distinctive glass façade across its front end, allowing sunlight to flow into the publicly-accessible areas at the front of the site. It is split into 11 floors, one of which is underground.

Facilities Edit

In addition to the ABS Television Network's production and broadcasting systems, the Broadcasting Center also contains facilities intended for members of the public.

The ground floor contains a food court, stores selling merchandise, and a stage for shows and performances. The first and second floors contain an interactive museum detailing the history of Japanese television and the ABS Television Network. The 10th floor contains an observation deck. The basement floor contains a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant and fun center, as well as the building's underground car park.

Escalators, stairs and lifts connect the floors.

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