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Many Valuable Buildings in Japan Use Old Fire Control Devices

Many Valuable Buildings in Japan Use Old Fire Control Devices

   Tokyo, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--Very old fire control systems are used at about 20 pct of the buildings designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites or national treasures in Japan, a government survey showed Thursday.
   The result of the Cultural Affairs Agency survey indicates the possibility of deteriorated functions of the systems due to aging. "There is concern that the systems do not work properly when needed," an agency official said.
   The agency plans to draw up guidelines for fire prevention at such buildings shortly.
   The survey was taken in the wake of the blaze at Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral in April.
   It was conducted between April and June to check the conditions of fire prevention management in buildings designated as important cultural assets in Japan, including World Heritage sites and national treasures.

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