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The culture agency decided Monday on a five-year plan to enhance the protection of cultural properties against fire, in the wake of blazes that destroyed Shuri Castle in Okinawa Prefecture and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris earlier this year.

The plan, set to start in fiscal 2020, focuses on World Heritage sites and national treasures, and calls for the installation of sprinklers and fire hoses as well as replacement of old electrical systems and fire-extinguishing equipment, to protect the properties and visitors.

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