Jul 29, 2015

Fukuoka ancient monuments touted for UNESCO heritage list

The Council for Cultural Affairs has picked a group of five ancient monuments in Fukuoka Prefecture as a candidate for UNESCO cultural heritage status in 2017. The government will recommend the Munakata-Okinoshima monuments to UNESCO by next Feb. 1 for screening by the World ...

Malian masons rebuild Timbuktu tombs destroyed by Islamist occupiers

Jul 20, 2015

Malian masons rebuild Timbuktu tombs destroyed by Islamist occupiers

Malian masons have rebuilt eight mausoleums destroyed by Islamist militants who took over the desert city of Timbuktu in 2012, the United Nations and Malian officials said. Invading Islamist fighters considered a local Sufi veneration for the tombs as idolatrous and hacked them to ...

Jul 14, 2015

Repairing Japan-South Korea ties

Having cooperated to obtain UNESCO world cultural heritage status for their historical sites, Japan and South Korea should continue to strive to prevent differences over historical perceptions from further straining bilateral ties.

Campaigners say work still needed after UNESCO endorsement

Jul 6, 2015

Campaigners say work still needed after UNESCO endorsement

While the people behind the bid to have Meiji-era industrial sites recognized with UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status celebrated their efforts Monday, they also noted that a raft of issues that must still be tackled. UNESCO on Sunday decided to add the “Sites of ...

Jul 2, 2015

Gaps remain in Japan-South Korea talks on proposed World Heritage sites

Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama held talks in Seoul with senior South Korean officials, including Kim Hong-kyun, deputy foreign minister for political affairs, on Japan’s bid to have sites related to its Meiji Era industrial revolution added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Gaps ...

UNESCO chief says Islamic State waging 'culture cleansing'

Jul 2, 2015

UNESCO chief says Islamic State waging 'culture cleansing'

The head of the U.N. cultural organisation on Wednesday called for a campaign against the “culture cleansing” being carried out by Islamic State jihadis. “Extremists don’t destroy heritage as a collateral damage, they target it systematically to strike societies at their core,” Irina Bokova ...