On December 7, the Kumamoto Castle General Office and others held the second meeting of a committee of outside experts to review the basic restoration plan for Kumamoto Castle, which was severely damaged by the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake. The restoration period, set at 20 years, was extended to 15 more years. The committee was influenced by the fact that it took time to survey and measure the collapsed stone walls and that progress needed to be made in securing the necessary craftsmen, including stonemasons Source: Nikkei
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