Panel looking at food heritage plan


A Cultural Affairs Council ad hoc committee hopes to decide next month whether to endorse the government’s plan to recommend that Japanese food culture be added to UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage.

The government hopes getting the status will help to restore trust in the safety of Japanese food, especially overseas, in light of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

“If recognition of food as part of our culture broadens through the listing, it will also help preserve the traditions of Japanese food,” said Isao Kumakura, president of Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, referring to the use of fresh ingredients, aesthetic presentation and close connection to cultural events and ceremonies characterized by the nation’s fare.