Japan squid statue built using government’s COVID relief funds

Governments around the world have had their hands in their pockets throughout the past 12 months, doling out cash to help their countries stay afloat.

In Australia, we had JobKeeper, JobSeeker increases, a $1 billion COVID relief package, and targeted industry funding.

Japan was no different.

The Japanese government approved a $917 billion stimulus package in December, as the country struggled under the weight of a fourth virus wave.

Some of that money went to the town of Noto, in Ishikawa Prefecture on the country’s west coast.

Noto received some 800 million yen (about $9.4 million) to help pull it out of an economic slump.

Part of that money went towards building a statue of a…

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