Introduction


In Tokyo, there remain many relics that tell stories of the lives of our predecessors. These relics must be protected as the shared cultural heritage of the people of Tokyo and handed down to the next generation.
Meanwhile, Tokyo holds a massive population and continues to carry out active industrial activities. Development work is also progressing to make Tokyo a safer and nicer place to live.
The majority of such development work is conducted by Japanese government organs, chiefly the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Therefore, demanding appreciation from the organs conducting the development, the various ministries and agencies of the national government and the various bureaus of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, regarding the importance of protecting relics and coordinating with the development contractors are key challenges.
In order to pass the excavated relics on to the next generation as the shared legacy of the Japanese people, it is imperative that the parties involved understand the intent of the Act for the Protection of Cultural Properties, strive for a balanced coexistence between urban development and the protection of cultural properties, and appropriately take measures toward these ends.

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