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Five star prison

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JAPAN is usually quite conventional when it comes to new property constructions, but a building that was a prison until just two years ago is now set to be converted to a luxury hotel. The complex is in the city of Nara on the island of Honshu and was built at the beginning of the last century.  The red brick Romanesque structure is the last example of such architecture left standing and was a juvenile detention centre until 2017 and an adult prison before WWII. The city attracts a lot of foreign visitors and is famous for its Buddhist temples and parks while wild deer roam the streets. The luxury hotel could attract more tourism and also cash in on the existing visitors.

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