History

1966 April The bill for the National Theatre was passed at the Board of Education in the House of Representatives with a supplementary resolution that necessary measures, including facilities, should be taken for the promotion of other forms of performing arts than traditional ones.
1972 December The Agency for Cultural Affairs set the Preparation Council for the Establishment of the Second National Theatre.
1976 May The Preparation Council for the Establishment of the Second National Theatre approved the basic plan made by the Project Committee.
1980 May The Central Council on the National Properties recommend utilizing empty lots of Tokyo Engineering Reserch Facility ( Hon-machi, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo) for the Second National Theatre.
1981 June The Preparation Council for the Establishment of the Second National Theatre reported to Commissioner for Cultural Affairs the outline for the establishment of the Second National Theatre and its construction scale drawn by the Project Committee.
1986 May Mr. YANAGISAWA Takahiko won the Second National Theatre design contest out of 228 candidate files from 23 countries.
1989 March Amendment to the Law of the National Theatre designed the National Theatre Special Corporation currently the Japan Arts Council as an independent administration agency, as an installation body of the Second National Theatre ( as tentatively named at that time).
1990 March Amendment to the Law of the National Theatre reorganized the National Theatre Special Corporation into the Japan Arts Council as a special corporation.
1992 February As an urban planning was announced, Hatsudai and Yodobashi became the special quarter, the comprehensive redevelopment of which enabled neighbouring Tokyo Opera City to take advantage of an unused construction capacity of the Second National Theatre up to the maximum permissible extent and led to the integral cultural zone.
1992 August The construction of the Second National Theatre started.
1993 April Foundation for the Management of the Second National Theatre was chartered.
1994 July The Japan Arts Council as a special corporation entrusted Foundation for the Management of the Second National Theatre to prepare for performances. This entrust continues till today.
1995 April Tentatively named The Second National Theatre was officially named the New National Theatre, Tokyo, and its components were named the Opera House, the Playhouse, and The Pit. Foundation for the Management of the Second National Theatre was renamed New National Theatre Foundation.
1995 September The emblem was designed by UEHARA Masashi.
1997 26 May The completion ceremony of NNTT.
1997 June Construction works of the Stage Set & Design Centre completed (Archives).
1997 10 October Opening of NNTT performances. (Opera "TAKERU was performed.)
1998 April The Young Artists Training Programme for Opera Singers was founded.
2001 April The Young Artists Training Programme for Ballet Dancers was founded.
2005 April The Young Artists Training Programme for Actors was founded.
2007 March "OPERA PALACE Tokyo" was settled on as the nickname for the Opera House.
2007 1 October The New National Theatre, Tokyo celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Opening.
2012 April NNTF transitions to a public interest incorporated foundation.