163 Cultural Assets in Japan Damaged by Typhoon Hagibis

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Tokyo, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)--Powerful Typhoon Hagibis damaged 163 cultural assets in 22 prefectures in Japan, including a Tomioka Silk Mill building designated as a national treasure by the government, a Cultural Affairs Agency survey revealed Saturday.

The agency is concerned that the total number will rise further as more damage could be reported from areas severely affected by the typhoon earlier this month.

The largest number of damage was reported from Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan, at 34, followed by the northeastern prefectures of Iwate and Miyagi, both at 21, as of 6 a.m. (9 p.m. GMT Friday).

Of the damaged cultural assets, one is a national treasure, 32 are important cultural properties and six are special historic sites.

In Gunma Prefecture, eastern Japan, the typhoon broke a window of Tomioka Silk Mill's silk-reeling plant, a national treasure. Established by the Meiji government in 1872, the silk mill was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014.

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