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.
About 60 pct of teachers at public junior high schools in Japan worked at least 60 hours per week in fiscal 2016, beyond the dividing line used by the state for determining death from overwork, an education ministry survey revealed Friday. (Jiji)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his British counterpart, Theresa May, agreed at a meeting in London on Friday that their countries will work together to promote free trade at a time when protectionist moves are growing in the world. (Jiji)
The possibility of a powerful earthquake of lower 6 or above on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 occurring in the next 30 years has slightly increased, mainly on the Pacific side of Japan, a government report showed Thursday. (Jiji)
Japanese researchers said Thursday they have unearthed the remains of an 8-meter-long Hadrosaurid, dating from around 72 million years ago, in the mountains of Hokkaido, making it the largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton discovered in the country. (Japan Times)