World Heritage pilgrimage trails in Kii mountains to be expanded

Jun 11, 2016

World Heritage pilgrimage trails in Kii mountains to be expanded

UNESCO said Friday it has decided to propose approving Japan’s request to expand the World Heritage area of religious sites and pilgrimage trails in the Kii mountains straddling central and western Japan. The expansion will formally be endorsed by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and ...

Jun 2, 2016

UNESCO memory register status sought for 'comfort women' materials

An organization of citizens groups from countries including Japan, China and South Korea has filed for the addition of 2,744 documents and other materials related to “comfort women” to be listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. Shin Hei-soo, a professor at South ...

Tomioka Silk Mill tours using smart glasses to look back in time

Apr 28, 2016

Tomioka Silk Mill tours using smart glasses to look back in time

The Tomioka Silk Mill, a UNESCO World Heritage site, rolled out a new tour this month featuring smart glasses technology. Visitors to the Gunma Prefecture landmark can wear the devices at seven locations, including the cocoon warehouses and silk-reeling plant, for a computer-enhanced view ...

Apr 15, 2016

UNESCO board calls for revising documentary registration guidelines

UNESCO’s Executive Board has adopted a resolution calling for revised guidelines around its documentary registration system to secure transparency and avoid conflicts among member states. The move on Thursday came in the wake of the U.N. body’s listing last year of China’s Nanjing Massacre ...

Mar 20, 2016

Kuchinoerabu Island added to UNESCO Eco Park list

UNESCO has added part of Kuchinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture to its list of biosphere reserves, known as UNESCO Eco Parks, the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO said Sunday. At a meeting of relevant executives in Peru, the U.N. body approved expansion of three ...