A huge statue of a squid has been unveiled in a seaside town in Japan with aid money raised for the corona. In response, officials said the statue was designed to attract tourists and was part of a long-term plan.
In the coastal town of Noto in Hosu District of Ishikawa province, it was revealed that a huge statue of squid was made with money provided in the Covid-19 relief fund. The seaside town, which received 800 million yen ($7.3 million) in national grants to fight the epidemic, built a giant squid statue with 25 million yen ($228,500) of the aid money.
The construction of the 13-meter-long statue with aid money drawn a public outcry. Although the aid funds provided did not have to be spent directly on Covid-19 aid, many criticized the spending of so much money on the statue, given that the epidemic continues.
Resident Chunichi Shimbun said in a statement that the money could be used for “immediate support” such as medical personnel and long-term care facilities.
Noto officials said the statue was part of a long-term plan to lure tourists back to the town after the outbreak, adding that the statue would be a tourist attraction and part of a long-term strategy to help promote Noto’s famous flying squid.