The Japanese government has approved a basic plan to rebuild Shuri Castle in Okinawa Prefecture, which burned down in October.
The plan was approved on Wednesday at a Cabinet meeting that included Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Seiichi Eto, a Cabinet Minister in charge of Okinawa.
The castle was a reproduction of the original that was destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. Work to restore its buildings began in 1989 and was completed in January this year. The main buildings were rebuilt in 1992.
The Cabinet agreed that plans drawn up for the previous reconstruction will be applied in principle in restoring the buildings.
Fresh findings will also be reflected for details such as the precise shape of pillars. New buildings will be equipped with improved fire prevention devices.
A panel of experts will be set up in the Cabinet Office's local bureau in Naha, the capital of Okinawa, to study technical problems in coordination with relevant government agencies and Okinawa Prefecture.
Suga asked the ministers to work together to cope with budgetary and other measures for early reconstruction and also to take steps to meet Okinawa's needs such as tourism promotion.