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Monday, 17th June 2013
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Professor advises climber fee to preserve Mt Fuji

A lecturer at Kyoto University has suggested introducing a small fee to help maintain visitor numbers to Mount Fuji and thus minimise accidents and preserve the environment.

Professor Koichi Kuriyama, who works in environmental economics at Kyoto University, was asked to conduct a study to see if charging climbers would help to control visitors to the area.

Environmentalists voiced concern that Mount Fuji may attract more tourists thanks to its impending UNESCO World Heritage status.

In his report, professor Kuriyama concluded that a fee of Y7,000 (£47) per person would help to maintain visitor numbers at their current level.

The fees will be applied on a trial basis this summer by both Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures.

In May, Japanese former extreme skier Yuichiro Miura became the oldest person to scale Mount Everest at the age of 80.

Speaking to reporters after his feat, he suggested that he won't be attempting to scale the world's highest peak again.

"I think three times is enough. At this point I could not think of anything but rest."

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