Originally Posted by lochinvar
I wonder why Japan, a rich country, has its embassy in a not so desirable neighborhood.
Because back when they were setting up their embassy, Roxas Boulevard (then Dewey Boulevard) was THE most desirable neighborhood. The US Embassy's Seafront Compound (extension of the main compound next to Luneta), the original Asian Development Bank compound (now the main Department of Foreign Affairs building) and San Juan De Dios Hospital were their immediate neighbors. The original American School campus (now International School Manila), Rizal Memorial Stadium, and Manila Sanitarium were all close by. It was only under Cuneta that Pasay declined so horribly.