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Okinawa looks to rebuild after World Heritage castle burns down

'We will not fail to restore it,' governor says of landmark once destroyed in WWII

Shuri Castle, a major tourist site in Naha, Okinawa, goes up in flames in the early hours of Oct. 31.      © Kyodo

NAHA, Japan/TOKYO -- Decades of work to restore Shuri Castle, Okinawa's most treasured icon, went up in smoke after a fire ravaged the World Heritage site Thursday.

The central government and Okinawa Prefecture have vowed to quickly rebuild the ancient palace, which hosted world leaders for the Group of Eight summit in 2000. But the work could take years, according to experts.

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