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Researchers trying to prevent the growth of moss on a group of stone statues of Buddha in Usuki, Oita Prefecture, are having success by employing ultraviolet light — a discovery that may help in the preservation of similar cultural assets, it was learned Sunday.

The researchers exposed the Usuki stone Buddhas, which are designated as a national treasure, to ultraviolet rays and applying a solution that kills fungi, as part of a study by the Cultural Affairs Agency and the National Research Institute of Cultural Properties.

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