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Cultural Affairs Agency to help cultural assets raise their own restoration funds

  • November 16, 2017
  • , Nikkei evening edition , p. 1
  • JMH Translation

From fiscal 2018, the Cultural Affairs Agency will start to wean national treasures and important cultural properties including castles, temples and other historical sites from excessive reliance on the government and support them in raising funds to cover the cost of their management and maintenance The agency will support restoration work and events that feature important cultural properties such as traditional performing arts to facilitate fundraising. The move is aimed at increasing revenue earned from cultural treasures so that it could be reinvested in maintenance of assets.


Although the government normally shoulders half the restoration costs for national treasures and important cultural properties, delays in maintenance work have been rising because of the long backlog of funding due to the increased number of registered cultural properties. The government has decided that long-term preservation would be possible through timely repair and maintenance work if it can facilitate a cycle where the cultural assets can raise their own funding.


The government will seek event execution plans that span up to five years from castles and temples that are under repair. It will then select five promising assets to support in the next fiscal year that could act as model cases that fund themselves. Selected properties would each be granted up to 160 million yen, and will be given up to three preparatory years until implementation.


Eligible events would include shows that recreate historical settings, events, and folk performances, for which the government would supplement necessary funding to prepare and plan for the opening, including creative development of performance concepts and scripts, and furnishing equipment such as virtual reality gear.


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