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Osaka's new museum to honor 1,400-year history

The City of Osaka outlined a plan on December 17 to build a combined museum and archaeological center in Chuo Ward.The structure will be built south of Osaka Castle on the excavation site of the ancient city of Naniwa-no-miya, which was recognized as Japan's capital and sub-capital from the mid-seventh through the eighth century.The project aims to preserve the ruins of the ancient capital and make more people aware of the 1,400-year history of Osaka through entertaining media including dioramas.
Construction will begin in fiscal 1997 with the opening slated for 2001.The museum will have 12 floors above ground and three underground levels.
Permanent exhibition rooms will be housed from the seventh to the tenth floors.Each floor will be dedicated to a certain period.A life-size replica of the interior of daigokuden - the executive pavilion of the emperors during the latter half of the capital's history - will be exhibited on the floor depicting ancient times.Miniature models will represent the prosperity of Osaka as the commercial center of Japan on the floors reserved for medieval and recent times.Models of a subway construction site and the streets during the early Showa era will be featured on the modern floor.