Japan to ask UNESCO to list remote islands, Christian sites

Jan 19, 2017

Japan to ask UNESCO to list remote islands, Christian sites

The government said Thursday it will submit a proposal to add a number of islands and several places linked to the history of Japan’s persecuted Christians to UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural World Heritage sites. The natural sites are Kagoshima Prefecture’s Amami-Oshima Island ...

Nov 30, 2016

Cossack songs and Ugandan dance on UNESCO's heritage list

Ugandan traditional music, which is dying out partly because it requires materials from endangered species, has been placed on UNESCO’s protected “Intangible Cultural Heritage” list, along with Portuguese pottery and Ukrainian Cossack songs. A UNESCO world heritage committee, meeting in Addis Ababa Tuesday, decided ...

Drone crashes into World Heritage-listed Himeji Castle

Nov 17, 2016

Drone crashes into World Heritage-listed Himeji Castle

A drone crashed into World Heritage-listed Himeji Castle on Thursday following a similar incident last year, local government officials said. The small drone hit two parts of the main Daitenshu donjon and fell to the ground at around 12:45 p.m. Two groups of people ...

Nov 14, 2016

China worried over Japan's bid to add remote islands to UNESCO list

China has told Japan through diplomatic channels that it is concerned about Tokyo’s attempt to add remote southwestern islands to UNESCO’s World Heritage list, according to officials with knowledge of the situation. China’s worries stem from its belief that the designation of the Amami-Ryukyu ...

Oct 4, 2016

Amami Islands eyed as 34th national park

The Environment Ministry is planning to designate the Amami Islands between Okinawa and Kyushu as the country’s 34th national park, according to government sources. Ensuring strict conservation by designating the area as a national park is a prerequisite for Japan to recommend that the ...