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A Kannon statue was removed from a public tourism facility in the prefectural village of Shingu on Wednesday in line with a court ruling that the presence of the Buddhist image infringes upon the constitutional separation of state and religion.

The stone Buddhist statue, which is 6 meters tall and weighs 25 tons, was moved to a plot of privately owned land about 100 meters from the facility at an estimated cost to the village of 6 million yen.

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