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Reaching for the Sky: What Floor Do Company Presidents Live On?


An unusual study recently looked at data on 500,000 Japanese company presidents to find out what floor they live on.

A recent study looked at roughly 500,000 company presidents across Japan to find out what apartment floor they live on. The results found that these high-flyers are living surprisingly close to the ground on average—at the 5.35-floor level.

Data on 3.57 million companies (including individually run firms) listed in Tokyo Shōkō Research’s corporate database was sifted for the study to extract and analyze 504,200 individuals whose apartment number or floor number could be verified.

By prefecture, Osaka and Tokyo had the highest floor averages, at 6.82 and 6.12, respectively, followed by Shiga at 5.87. The three prefectures with the lowest averages—all located in inland regions—were Tochigi at 3.21, Yamanashi at 3.18, and Nagano at 3.16. The results are apparently affected by the number of high-rise condominiums.  

The municipality with the highest floor average nationwide, at 13.37, was Chūō in Tokyo, which is home to a forest of high-rises as well as the Nihonbashi and Ginza corporate districts; it was followed by Fukushima Ward in Osaka, at 12.49. The area around Fukushima Station, which is just a two-minute train ride from Osaka Station, is the site of many combined office and residential high-rises. All of the municipalities in the top 10 are located in either Tokyo or Osaka.

Average Floor Level of Company Presidents’ Residences

Rank Prefecture List Floor average
1 Osaka 6.82
2 Tokyo 6.12
3 Shiga 5.87
4 Hiroshima 5.59
5 Fukuoka 5.39
6 Hyōgo 5.30
7 Kagawa 4.91
8 Hokkaidō 4.90
9 Miyagi 4.86
10 Niigata 4.80
Rank Municipality List Floor average
1 Chūō, Tokyo 13.37
2 Fukushima Ward, Osaka 12.49
3 Minato Ward, Osaka 11.39
4 Minato, Tokyo 10.78
5 Kita Ward, Osaka 10.62
6 Kōtō, Tokyo 10.36
7 Nishi Ward, Osaka 9.97
8 Chūō Ward, Osaka 9.83
9 Konohana Ward, Osaka 9.47
10 Chiyoda, Tokyo 8.82

Compiled by Nippon.com based on data from Tokyo Shōkō Research.

The floor average among presidents of companies with sales under ¥1 billion is 5.56, whereas presidents of firms with sales exceeding that amount live on the eighth floor or higher on average. The highest floor average by industry was 6.72 among presidents of companies in the financial/insurance sector. Since these firms are concentrated mainly in the center of Tokyo or Osaka, their presidents tend to live in high-rise condominiums.

Sales Floor average
¥10 billion or more 8.36
¥1 billion or more 8.21
Under ¥1 billion 5.56

Compiled by Nippon.com based on data from Tokyo Shōkō Research.

Among presidents of companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the floor average was 10.26, while the average was even higher, at 11.04, for the leaders of companies listed on TSE’s Mothers section for emerging companies. This suggests that the high ambitions of entrepreneurs correspond to their lofty living arrangements.

Company Listing Floor average
Tokyo Stock Exchange first section 10.26
Tokyo Stock Exchange second section 9.63
Regional stock exchanges (Sapporo, Fukuoka) 6.53
TSE Mothers 11.04
Unlisted 5.35

Compiled by Nippon.com based on data from Tokyo Shōkō Research.

The most common room number for company presidents’ apartments was 201, followed by 101, and the number “1” appeared at the end of 7 of the 30 most frequent room numbers. Company presidents also tend to like corner apartments, perhaps because they offer more windows and better views.

(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Pixta.)

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