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KYOTO (Kyodo) The first restoration work on 1,200-year-old Buddhist scrolls will attempt to bring the early ninth century calligraphic treasure closer to their original condition, the Kyoto board of education said.

The Sanjujo-sasshi, 30 volumes of esoteric Buddhist scripture hand-copied by priest Kukai (774-835) when he was staying in China from 804 to 806, is a government-designated national treasure.

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