Fuji, Kamakura to be nominated as heritage sites


The Cultural Affairs Agency is expected to finalize its decision Wednesday to recommend Mount Fuji and the ancient city of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, as World Heritage cultural sites in 2013.

Once a formal decision is made at a meeting of officials of related ministries, the agency and local authorities will submit a letter of recommendation to UNESCO by the Feb. 1 deadline.

UNESCO’s advisory body, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), will conduct a field survey this summer or fall. If the two sites pass the inspections, the formal decision over the registration will be made by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in June or July of 2013.

The government submitted a provisional letter of recommendation to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization last September. It has almost completed its internal procedure as a finalized version of the recommendation was approved by the Cultural Affairs Council on Jan. 12.

Japan currently has 12 cultural heritage sites, and 10 are named on a provisional list for future registration excluding Fuji and Kamakura.