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A former elementary school building in a sparsely populated area in Kochi Prefecture is thriving as an aquarium, with its cumulative visitors topping 100,000 as of Tuesday, about six months after its opening.

Closed as a schoolhouse 12 years ago, the three-story building in the Pacific Ocean city of Muroto was transformed into an aquarium with an investment totaling about ¥500 million from the municipal government and other sources.

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