Thursday, January 16, 2003

The local Tokyo government and the Finance Ministry are planning to demolish the family home of Japan's empress because of back taxes. I heard on TV that the government claims the house cannot be declared an official cultural asset because it was not the home of a person who contributed to traditional Japanese arts.
Let me get this straight. The family home of the current empress, the first commoner to marry into the Japanese royal family and become empress, doesn't rate preservation for its historical significance. Nevermind the fact that it's also a cool looking house.
Of course there is a movement to save the house and get the Finance Ministry to scrap their plans to demolish it. They seem to have been able to postpone the demolition at least for today.

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