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State panel backs expansion of Yambaru park in Okinawa

May 28, 2018

State panel backs expansion of Yambaru park in Okinawa

A government panel on Monday called for integrating a forest area in northern Okinawa, including land returned by the U.S. military, with an adjacent national park to better conserve the environment. The panel asked the Environment Ministry incorporate some 3,700 hectares of forest area partly ...

UNESCO designates Izu Peninsula as Japan's 9th 'Global Geopark'

Apr 18, 2018

UNESCO designates Izu Peninsula as Japan's 9th 'Global Geopark'

The UNESCO Global Geoparks Council has designated the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture as a Global Geopark for its unique geology and geography, the Japan Geopark Committee said Tuesday. The peninsula became the ninth Global Geopark in Japan, after Mount Apoi in the northernmost prefecture ...

Japan to pitch Kobushi mountain region as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve area

Mar 8, 2018

Japan to pitch Kobushi mountain region as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve area

The Japanese National Commission for UNESCO will propose for registration as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve area the Kobushi mountain region, which straddles Saitama and three neighboring prefectures. The commission said Wednesday it plans to submit an application in September. Whether the region will be added ...