Italy wins G-7 backing for U.N. peacekeeping force for culture

Apr 2, 2017

Italy wins G-7 backing for U.N. peacekeeping force for culture

The Group of Seven committed on Friday to pursuing the creation of a U.N. peacekeeping force to protect World Heritage sites from destruction in conflict and combating the trafficking of plundered treasures. Destroying antiquities at heritage sites like the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra ...

Ghosts continue to haunt Japan's Battleship Island

Feb 18, 2017

Ghosts continue to haunt Japan's Battleship Island

The haunting silhouette of Hashima Island, known in English as Battleship Island, rises up from the sea, an abandoned testament to what was once the most densely populated city on Earth. Thousands of men, women and children lived and worked on the island just ...

Feb 4, 2017

Seeking Nature Heritage status

In seeking to get World Nature Heritage status for areas in southern Japan, the government needs to work harder at protecting the native species and habitats.

Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome lighting event stirs controversy

Feb 2, 2017

Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome lighting event stirs controversy

A daily illumination event involving trees around the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima has raised questions over whether it is appropriate to promote tourism in the area that was destroyed by the U.S. weapon in the closing days of World War II. The tourism ...

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 ...