The town spent $230000 on a giant squid statue

According to the New York Post on May 4   Is it worth the money? A coastal town in Japan reportedly spent 25 million yen (about $228 thousand) on a 42 foot long, 30 foot wide, 13 foot tall pink squid statue with funds designated for COVID-19 relief

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Noto officials say their investment in the giant cephalopod will help boost tourism in the cash strapped fishing town of Ishikawa on Japan’s Midwestern coast

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Although Japan is currently struggling with another peak of COVID-19, and announced a state of emergency last month, it can be said that their infection rate has been very low throughout the epidemic

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In any case, they say, their tourism industry has been hit hard

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Yahoo Japan reported that the peninsula city received a total of 800 million yen of emergency economic relief funds through government funding, which is not only used for coronavirus related work

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However, some have criticized the government for spending so much on this strange monument, especially as the new coronavirus continues to ravage communities across Japan and around the world

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According to the Ministry of health, labor and welfare, there are nearly 530000 new confirmed cases and more than 10293 deaths in Japan, with a total population of 126.3 million..

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