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Toyako eyesores screened off (June 25, 2008)

American arborvitaes planted to help hide abandoned buildings along the national road

TOYAKO - As part of a road maintenance project in the run-up to the Hokkaido Toyako Summit, the Muroran Development and Construction Department has planted 111 3-meter-high coniferous American arborvitaes along Route 230 in the Kagawa district of Iburi Subprefecture's Toyako Town. The verdant trees help to hide the area's closed drive-ins and other ruined buildings, which are considered a problem in terms of security and scenery.

A total of six buildings, including an old roadside restaurant and abandoned stores, stand in the area. The town had discussed measures to remove the facilities in advance of the Summit, but they have remained intact due to issues with ownership and budget allocation.

The straight line of American arborvitaes stands along the road's length of roughly 300 meters. The department does not plan to remove the trees immediately after the Summit.

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