Watami to Build Agricultural Theme Park in Northeastern Japan

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Tokyo, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)--Japanese restaurant chain Watami Co. <7522> said Monday that it will spend some 6 billion yen to build an experience-based theme park featuring organic farming in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

The Watami Organic Land park, with a total area of about 230,000 square meters, will feature facilities such as farms, ranches, ateliers, restaurants and accommodations.

The company aims to open the park in March 2021, expecting some 350,000 visitors annually.

"We want to make the park a model for reconstruction and regional revitalization," said Watami founder Miki Watanabe, who returned as chairman and chief executive officer on Oct. 1. Rikuzentakata was heavily damaged by the March 2011 powerful earthquake and tsunami.

Watanabe left the CEO post in February 2011 and stepped down as chairman in June 2013 to enter politics.

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