Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism will take on projects to restore Japanese gardens in foreign countries.
In fiscal 2017, which starts next month, the ministry plans to send landscape engineers and other experts from Japan to two or three such gardens in North American or European countries as model projects, officials said.
The specialists are expected to craft restoration plans by examining the situation of the overseas gardens at first hand.
The ministry will also consider drawing up manuals for each of the Japanese gardens abroad so that local people can maintain and manage them properly.
Currently, the number of Japanese gardens abroad is estimated at over 500, mainly in North America. Such gardens were mainly created for such occasions as World Expositions and the establishment of sister-city links.
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