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    In the ancient Japanese capital of Kamakura - 25 miles south-west of Tokyo - the seven-century-old Great Buddha is currently being reinforced to protect it from damage in case another big earthquake should hit the Kwanto area of the country.

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    In the ancient Japanese capital of Kamakura - 25 miles south-west of Tokyo - the seven-century-old Great Buddha is currently being reinforced to protect it from damage in case another big earthquake should hit the Kwanto area of the country.

    Technicians working on the project have discovered that Buddha has "put on weight". The bronze statue weighs 163 tons and not 130 tons as previously estimated.

    The Buddha was raised 19 inches during the construction of the special foundation. A ferro-concrete base reinforced with stainless steel is being built under the image at a cost of GBP8,400. The project is scheduled to be completed during May.

    Kamakura is ow a prosperous seaside city in Kanagawa prefecture. For several centuries it was the sent of the Shoguns, the warrior dictators of Japan. It is a city of many Buddhist and Shinto temples. The statue represents the Amida Buddha ("Lord of Boundless Light") sitting in meditation, and was cost in 1252 by Ono Goroemon, a famous sculptor.

    At one time it was enclosed in a hall, but this was carried away by a tidal wave in 1494 and has not been replaced. The present "quake-proofing" coincides with a series of earthquakes in the Kwanto area and predictions among Japanese fortune-tellers that another tremor is due.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADNK7XWPFV1DLF9PIMFL5DWYS0
    Media URN:
    VLVADNK7XWPFV1DLF9PIMFL5DWYS0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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