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Confab on localities held, historical heritage discussed.

KOBE, June 14 Kyodo

An international conference on how to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of localities was held Thursday in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan.

In the 10th World ''Lead-off City'' Conference, officials from eight localities -- four foreign and four Japanese -- gathered for discussions before an audience of about 600 local residents.

The Japanese participants at the meeting, sponsored by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, were from the cities of Himeji, Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture and Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture, and Gifu Prefecture's Shirakawa village.

Himeji Mayor Kazuhiro Horikawa spoke of the city's experience with the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake and the need to come up with measures to protect cultural heritage in the face of disasters.

Himeji is the site of Himeji Castle, recognized as a World Heritage site. The castle is also known as Shirasagi (White Egret) Castle.

During the meeting, Eric Woerth, mayor of the town of Chantilly in France, said historical heritage is vital in giving a city its identity amid the trend of globalization.
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Date:Jun 18, 2001
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