Hiroshima Prefecture plans to demolish two of four historic warehouses in Hiroshima City. The 100+-year-old buildings survived the 1945 atomic bombing and are of significant importance to the city’s history.
Sadly, high maintenance costs and concerns over earthquake resistance were the reason for the prefecture’s decision. Of the four warehouses, three are owned by the prefecture, with the fourth owned by the national government. Preserving three buildings would cost an estimated 8.4 billion Yen (approx. 77 million USD) while demolishing two and keeping the exterior of one warehouse would cost the prefecture 800 million Yen (approx. 7.4 million USD).
The warehouses were built in 1912 to manufacture uniforms and shoes for the Imperial Japanese Army. In the 1920s, as many as 500 ~ 600 people worked in the four factory buildings. The buildings served as a refuge for victims of the 1945 bombing. After WWII the buildings went through a variety of uses before closing in 1997.
Source: NHK, December 5, 2019.
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