Holes found in screen set up to block view of Mt. Fuji above convenience store

Multiple holes have been found in a black screen that was put up to block a view of Mount Fuji over a convenience store in Yamanashi Prefecture. The screen was installed to stop the nuisance of tourists flocking there to take photos.

Japan's highest mountain can be seen just above the store in the town of Fujikawaguchiko in the prefecture. As photos of the view went viral on social media, the area around the store became a hot spot, attracting many foreign tourists and others.

But some crossed the busy road in front of the convenience store and entered private property without permission to take photos. The town set up the black mesh screen along the sidewalk around the store last week to mask the view.

But town officials told NHK about 10 holes around 1 centimeter in diameter have been found in the screen. The holes are large enough to take smartphone photos through.

The officials said from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. security guards are at the site, and they believe the holes were created when no one was on duty.

The officials said they are considering responses, including patching the screen.

Mayor Watanabe Hideyuki said there are other places in the town where people can enjoy beautiful Mount Fuji, so the town will make efforts to promote those locations.