Money well spent?
A coastal city in Japan has dropped 25 million yen – about $ 228,000 – on a 42-meter, 30-meter and 13-meter pink squid statue, using money to alleviate the coronavirus pandemic.
Noto officials say their investment in the cephalopod will help slow tourism in the money-free fishing town of Ishikawa Prefecture on Japan’s central west coast.
Although Japan is currently battling another jump in COVID-19, declaring a state of emergency only last month, Noto says the incidence has been low throughout the pandemic. Nevertheless, their tourism industry has taken a big hit, they said.
The peninsula has received a total of 800 million yen in emergency funds for economic aid through state subsidies, Yahoo Japan said, which were not set aside for just coronavirus-related efforts. However, some have criticized the Noto administration for spending so much on the bizarre monument ̵
So far, there are nearly 530,000 positive cases of coronavirus in the country, killing more than 10,293 people, according to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, out of a total population of 126.3 million.