Photo/IllutrationThe Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

HIROSHIMA--During U.S. President Barack Obama's historic visit to this city in May 2016, Mayor Kazumi Matsui had a sudden moment of inspiration as he looked toward the Atomic Bomb Dome from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

The Hiroshima mayor said he felt that the scenery around the World Heritage dome, destroyed in the atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945, must be preserved.

Authorities here are now considering restricting the construction of tall buildings north of the Atomic Bomb Dome by introducing a new ordinance to preserve the landscape around it. Matsui announced the plan at a Jan. 18 regular news conference.

The Hiroshima city government is expected to fully begin talks with relevant parties, starting in fiscal 2017.

The planned regulation will cover the former site of a baseball stadium and surrounding areas north of the Atomic Bomb Dome.

The move is aimed at preserving the landscape seen from a monument in the memorial park installed to commemorate the victims of the atomic bombing of the city. The monument lies to the south of the dome.

An ordinance has already been introduced to impose restrictions on the color and shape of buildings to be constructed around the dome.

Although standards based on the Landscape Law stipulate that buildings to be erected near the dome should be 20 to 50 meters tall or less, they are not legally binding.