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 ...

UNESCO listing sought for Japanese POW records

Mar 4, 2014

UNESCO listing sought for Japanese POW records

A city on the Sea of Japan coast said Tuesday it will recommend that mementos and records of prisoners of war detained in the Soviet Union after World War II be included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. The city of Maizuru in ...

Feb 14, 2014

Foreign culinary students can stay longer after graduation

The government will let foreign students at culinary schools stay in Japan for two years after graduation if they take up apprenticeships at Japanese-style restaurants. Under the change that took effect Friday, each student’s school and host restaurant will have to work out an ...

Feb 13, 2014

Nanjing seeks UNESCO listing for massacre documents

Documents related to the Nanjing Massacre are being submitted for inclusion on a UNESCO list by authorities in the Chinese city, state media reported Thursday, after an uproar over a Japanese bid to include kamikaze pilots’ farewell letters. According to the Shanghai-based Oriental Morning ...

Feb 12, 2014

Farm, marine exports up 22%, hit high in 2013

Exports of farm and marine products in 2013 surged by 22.4 percent to a record ¥550.6 billion on the back of growing demand in emerging Asian economies and the United States, the agriculture ministry said on Wednesday. The sharp rise can be attributed to ...

Feb 5, 2014

South Korea wants Heritage status denied

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se has asked UNESCO not to register Japanese-proposed sites on the World Heritage list. Yun made the proposal during a meeting Tuesday with UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova. Bokova replied that World Heritage registrations must play a role in ...

Kyoto has recipe for promoting food

Jan 3, 2014

Kyoto has recipe for promoting food

by Mie Sakamoto

Now that traditional Japanese cuisine has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage list, Japan is looking to train foreign chefs in the ways of “washoku” to promote proper worldwide appreciation of the culinary heritage. At the forefront is the cultural capital of Kyoto. Since ...

Japanese cuisine wins cultural heritage status

Dec 5, 2013

Japanese cuisine wins cultural heritage status

“Washoku” traditional Japanese cuisine has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, raising the government’s hopes of enhancing its global recognition, attracting more foreign tourists and boosting exports of the country’s agricultural products. The government’s proposal was formally approved Wednesday at a meeting ...