After suffering heavy damage in the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, Kobe Cityâ€™s Nagata Ward has managed to rebuild and recover quite well. To celebrate its revival, Nagata Ward is planning to erect a statue of one of Kobeâ€™s local heroes, the anime robot Testujin 28 [Gigantor]. The statue will cost 135 million yen (about 1.1 million US dollars) to build, 45 million of which the city government has promised to provide. Local citizens are collecting donations for the project. If completed the statue will rise to a height of 18 meters, which is about the same as a 5 story apartment building.
As seen on Japan Probe.
For more info click here [The Kobe Testujin Project].