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Last Updated: Monday, 15 September, 2003, 05:51 GMT 06:51 UK
Japanese aid for Bamiyan remains
Japanese experts are to help in protecting the archaeological remains in Afghanistan's Bamiyan Valley, the site of giant Buddhist statues that were blown up by the Taleban in February of 2001.

Japan's Kyodo News Agency said the archaeologists will begin an underground survey of the area in October and will train Afghans in restoring and preserving any artefacts they find.

Akiyoshi Watanabe, the director general of the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties in Tokyo said there were many remains around the Bamiyan Valley and finding them will add to the historical and cultural value of the area.

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