Japan Govt Vows to Restore Fire-Hit Castle

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Tokyo, Oct. 31 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government pledged Thursday to do all it can to support the reconstructing of fire-hit Shurijo, a UNESCO World Heritage castle in Naha, the capital of the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa.

The fire destroyed seven structures at the castle, including the wooden Seiden main hall, on Thursday.

"Shurijo is part of the Okinawa Commemorative National Government Park. The government will do all it can to aid reconstruction," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.

The castle is "an extremely important symbol of Okinawa. We offer our deepest condolences to the people of Okinawa. We're very saddened by this news," Suga said.

He added, "It is important to investigate the cause of the fire and take measures so that it won't happen again."

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