Did the Japanese attempt to rebuild the great pyramid?
In 1978 the Japanese corporation, Nippon attempted to build a 60
foot high pyramid using primitive building techniques (similar to
the techniques assumed by mainstream Egyptologists, which I
personally do not believe*). They were to build it from one blocks
of limestone quarried from the same site used by The Great Pyramid
builders quarried. Once built the Japanese were told by Egyptian
authorities to dismantle it and return the site to its original
state. From the start they struggled with using old and archaic
technology and techniques - even transporting the blocks across the
River Nile proved too difficult so eventually they were ferried
across by steamboat. Teams of 100 men attempted to move the stones
over the ground but failed completely. Once again modern vehicles
had to be used to move the stones but once at the site could not be
lifted in to place. In the end they used a crane and helicopter to
position the blocks.
* My final note: Read the book The Giza Power Plant as it breaks
down from an engineering perspective the improbability of building
the Great Pyramid using primitive stone tools.