Shuri Castle to Get Fire Prevention Boost

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Tokyo, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will seek to bolster fire-prevention measures during the reconstruction of fire-hit Shuri Castle, while basing the restoration on plans drawn up for the previous revival of the castle in 1992, it was learned Wednesday.

The basic plan was approved at a meeting the same day of a related ministerial panel, headed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

The panel also agreed to set a timeline for reconstruction efforts by the end of the current fiscal year to March.

A fire heavily damaged the castle in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa in the small hours of Oct. 31.

"We'd like to conduct policies that consider local needs such as boosting tourism and making the restoration process public, as well as taking the measures necessary for a swift recovery, including budgetary measures," Suga said at the meeting.

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