Jul 10, 2014

Japan to recommend Christian sites for World Heritage list

A government panel on Thursday endorsed churches and other Christian sites in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures as candidates for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listing in 2016. The government will submit a written recommendation for the locations to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ...

Jun 26, 2014

Old silk mill gains new importance

Gunma Prefecture's Tomioka Silk Mill, which UNESCO has decided to add to the World Cultural Heritage List, symbolizes 19th-century Japan's efforts to become a member of the industrialized world.

Heritage listing puts Tomioka on tourist map

Jun 23, 2014

Heritage listing puts Tomioka on tourist map

The Tomioka Silk Mill, a historic factory in Gunma Prefecture and a cradle of Japan’s industrialization in the 19th century, has been inundated with tourists following its listing Saturday as a World Heritage site. Braving the rain, more than 100 people stood under their ...

Jun 15, 2014

Big expansion in food exports eyed

Japan aims to expand exports of farm and marine products 10-fold to the tune of ¥5 trillion a year by 2030 under the government’s revamped growth strategy.

Jun 13, 2014

Heritage cooperation with S. Korea

Education minister Hakubun Shimomura says he’s open to cooperating with South Korea in trying to put the records of ancient Korean envoys who visited Japan on UNESCO’s world memory heritage list. Nagasaki Gov. Hodo Nakamura asked Shimomura on Thursday to promote joint cooperation as ...

Jun 12, 2014

Southern Alps put on UNESCO biosphere reserve list

UNESCO has added Japan’s Southern Alps mountain range and the Tadami beech forest to its global list of biosphere reserves, the government said Thursday. Known as “eco parks” in Japan, the U.N. agency assigns biosphere reserve status to regions that exemplify a balance between ...

Silk mill took Japan to global level

| May 5, 2014

Silk mill took Japan to global level

by Ayako Mie

The historic Tomioka Silk Mill in Gunma Prefecture and its related facilities are expected to become UNESCO World Heritage sites next month. The redbrick factory from the Meiji Era will be the 18th World Heritage property in Japan if UNESCO officially accepts its endorsement ...

May 1, 2014

UNESCO decries waste dumped on Barrier Reef

UNESCO on Thursday condemned a decision to allow the dumping of dredge waste in Great Barrier Reef waters and recommended the Australian marine park be considered for inclusion on the World Heritage in Danger list. The decision in January to allow 3 million cu. ...

Shikoku's temple trail faces long road to UNESCO listing

Mar 27, 2014

Shikoku's temple trail faces long road to UNESCO listing

By failing to align their strategies, the governments of Shikoku’s four prefectures have hampered their efforts to get the island’s ancient Buddhist pilgrimage trail on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Shikoku Pilgrimage trail, which links 88 temples associated with the monk Kukai, founder ...