It’s been a landmark on the Akihabara scene for many years, the robot Mecca for fans and builders, and a key sponsor for ROBO-ONE, but unfortunately due to the economic downturn and consequent financial woes of its parent company, Tsukumo Robot Kingdom has “temporarily” suspended operations. Even their online presence has gone dormant. Although the website appears, ordering is not active, and a ‘three month’ period for reorganization is referenced.
In some ways, it’s not too surprising. Japanese companies typically put operations into suspension when they are being reorganized or sold off. It’s not unusual for owners of real estate to terminate tenants leases and clear buildings when trying to sell them, although it is completely opposite to the parctice in most Western countries.