MBC News | Kagoshima Prefectural Education and Culture Research Institute “Former Fujitake Residence” Demolition to be postponed for half a year

Kagoshima Prefectural Institute of Education and Culture to postpone demolition of “Former Fujitake residence” for half a year Foundation responds to group requesting cancellation[09/22 19:45]

The Kagoshima Prefectural Institute of Education and Culture in Kagoshima City is 83 years old and is registered as a national tangible cultural property. Due to difficulties in maintenance, it was scheduled to be dismantled from November, but the dismantling was postponed for half a year in light of the fact that a petition was issued by a citizen’s group to stop the dismantling.

The Kagoshima Prefectural Institute of Education and Culture, located in Kasuga-cho, Kagoshima City, is a modern Japanese-style wooden residence built in 1939 by Kisuke Fujitake, a wealthy merchant who ran a textile goods wholesale business.

In 1960, it was purchased by the Prefectural Education Center Preservation Foundation, and since 1981 it has been used as the Kagoshima Prefectural Education and Culture Research Institute. At the entrance of the entrance, there is a sign written by Hatoju Muku, a children’s literature writer who served as the first director.

It was registered as a national tangible cultural property in 2014. I was.

However, the foundation became difficult to maintain and could not find a buyer, so it was decided to dismantle it in November and replace it with the prefectural education hall in Yamashita-cho, Kagoshima City, which was becoming dilapidated.

In response, a civic group called “Association for Utilizing Kagoshima’s Old Buildings and Townscapes” submitted about 2,000 petitions on the 2nd of this month to stop the demolition. About 2,000 additional letters were submitted on the 22nd, but at that time, the foundation replied that the dismantling would be postponed until the end of April next year.

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(Representative Mitsunori Sunada, Association for Utilizing Kagoshima’s Old Buildings and Townscapes)

“First of all, we were able to temporarily stop the dismantling. It’s value as a building. We can make use of it from various perspectives, such as community development, education, and tourism.”

However, the foundation asked the organization to cooperate in finding a buyer for the land and building, and told them that if they could not find a buyer by April next year, they would dismantle it as planned.

According to the Kagoshima City Board of Education, in the case of registered tangible cultural properties, the owner’s intentions take precedence over decisions such as dismantling.

(Representative Mitsunori Sunada, Association for Utilizing Kagoshima’s Old Buildings and Townscapes)

“For about half a year, we need to work together to come up with ideas to preserve the building.”

On the other hand, regarding the demolition of the building, it was also taken up in the prefectural assembly general question on the 22nd, and Governor Shiota, who received a petition from a citizen’s group, revealed that he had requested the foundation to respond in line with the petition, and said as follows. said.

(Governor Shiota)

“We think it would be difficult for the prefecture to acquire and use it on its own, but in the future, if there is a request for cooperation for preservation and utilization from the foundation or the organization that submitted the petition, we will carefully examine the contents. I would like to consider handling it.”

Although the dismantling was temporarily postponed, will a buyer be found by the deadline of April next year? The movement around the building will be a big climax from now on.


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