An eyesore and waste of government money, or a brilliant economic recovery scheme?
The pandemic is having a negative effect on pretty much all communities, but it’s especially hard these days for places where the local economy is reliant on tourism. Fewer travelers mean fewer customers, and many regional merchants are finding it hard to make ends meet.
In response, the Japanese government has been giving out regional revitalization grants, and recently awarded one to the town of Noto in Ishikawa Prefecture. So what did the city use its money for?
A giant squid statue.
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