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Historic buildings should be designated ‘tangible assets’

Date Posted: 2006-12-28

The Japanese Council of Culture is eying Okinawa for new buildings to be designated as ‘tangible assets’ of Japan.

Kou Atoda has asked the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Fumiaki Ibuki to “make these Okinawa buildings and structures permanently recognized as special.”

At the top of the list are Tamanaha family houses, which are now part of the Ryukyu Mura Cultural Village in northwest Okinawa. They had been transferred from other locations around Onna Village in 1981. The seven ancient buildings were constructed during the Meiji era.

Three other buildings to be registered include structures moved from Taketomi Town on Iriomote Island and Kamiyama house fences made from stones, a family well and a water tank.

Ryukyu Mura Director Eiichi Uechi says “we thought if only two were recognized instead of seven, we’d be happy. But now we are ecstatic all seven buildings have gone to the tangible assets committee. It is so great.” He notes that the Taketomi Town Kamiyama family buildings already became state owned tangible assets last year, but the fence and water tank were overlooked. The fence was built in 1909, and constructed of limestone from Kohama Island.

There are now 34 tangible registered assets in Okinawa.

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