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The nearly 100-year-old Harajuku Station, sited in a hub of Tokyo pop culture, will be dismantled and rebuilt after the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, as its fire-resistance capability does not meet requirements, East Japan Railway Co. said Tuesday.

The Western-style wooden station building, completed in 1924, is a gateway to the Harajuku district — a center of youth culture and street fashion. JR East said the new station will replicate as much as possible the current design, which features half-timbered structures that expose the building’s framework.

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