Sunday, April 23, 2006


TOKYO - In the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at elevating its international status, a group of Japanese lawmakers is preparing a new landmark law to promote its crusade for the preservation of valuable cultural assets abroad.

For example, two giant statutes of the Buddha at Bamiyan in Afghanistan - dating back to the 6th century - were destroyed bythe Taliban in March 2001. And the National Museum of Iraq was looted as the country was thrown into confusion after the 2003 invasion


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