HAKODATE, Hokkaido (Kyodo) A 6-meter-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty in Hakodate, Hokkaido, a popular tourist destination known for its historical sites, has recently been removed at the request of the municipal government, which found the statue damaged the cityscape.

The statue, which was set up in front of a store run by a local seafood firm in Hakodate’s Motomachi district in early June, was lifted by crane Thursday to the rooftop of the building and placed under a cover as spectators looked on.

Yoichi Kitamura, president of the seafood firm, who agreed to the statue’s removal, said he had purchased the replica because he thought it would become a landmark.

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