World Heritage pilgrimage trails in Kii mountains to be expanded

Jun 11, 2016

World Heritage pilgrimage trails in Kii mountains to be expanded

UNESCO said Friday it has decided to propose approving Japan’s request to expand the World Heritage area of religious sites and pilgrimage trails in the Kii mountains straddling central and western Japan. The expansion will formally be endorsed by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and ...

Six more Roman sites open to public in Pompeii

Dec 25, 2015

Six more Roman sites open to public in Pompeii

Tourists in ancient Pompeii have freshly-restored marvels to admire, including a merchant’s luxuriously decorated home and a more modest middle-class dwelling. A business where Pompeii residents brought fabrics to be cared for and a structure with thermal bathing areas are also among the six ...

Oct 15, 2015

Japan politicizing UNESCO with Siberia prisoner files, Russia says

A Russian government official has expressed opposition to the Memory of the World listing of Japanese files on the postwar internment of prisoners of war in Siberia, saying it is politicizing UNESCO similar to China’s move with the Nanjing Massacre documents. Grigory Ordzhonikidze, secretary-general ...

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 ...