Western Japan City Unveils Gold-Painted Bus

Society Politics

Awaji, Hyogo Pref., Sept. 15 (Jiji Press)--The city government of Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, unveiled on Sunday a bus painted gold with funds from state subsidies granted 30 years ago under a regional revitalization project.

The former town of Tsuna, now part of Awaji, attracted wide attention when it used 100 million yen in subsidies to rent and showcase gold bullion in 1989 by putting up the money as collateral. The no-strings grant was provided soon after the current Heisei era started the same year.

The city government hopes to use the bus, called Golden Dream Bus, to highlight the city as a former town of gold bullion.

The exterior of the bus is painted gold, with its side decorated with illustrations, including of "manekineko" beckoning cats. Gold-colored seats are installed inside the bus to add a touch of class, while the history of the gold bullion is explained on the upper part of the windows.

The bus is slated to go into service in October, but the city government will not disclose its time schedule or route.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press