The Japanese town of Noto decided allocated Covid relief funds would be better spent on a ridiculous statue instead of, say, helping those stricken with Covid. Noto arigato, Mr. Idioto!
A coastal town in western Japan is under fire for using hundreds of thousands of dollars designated for COVID-19 relief for something slightly less important — a giant squid statue. Local officials said they hoped the statue would boost tourism.
The town of Noto was given 800 million yen, about $7.3 million, from the central government in relief funds, according to local media. The aid program aimed to boost local economies, which have struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic.
Sure, our local restaurants and stores went bankrupt, buy hey, we got a giant squid!
Noto officials used about $228,000 from the emergency funding to build the massive statue, which is 13 feet tall and almost 43 feet long.
A town official said that the statue is part of a “long-term strategy” to spread the word about Noto’s fishing industry and its local delicacy, squid. The statue can be used both as a photographic landmark and a playground for children.
Yes, because what kid wouldn’t want to revel on a giant frightening pink squid?