Japan to Recommend Southern Isles, Christian Sites as World Heritage
Tokyo, Jan. 19 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government on Thursday decided to recommend that islands in the southern prefectures of Kagoshima and Okinawa be added to the UNESCO World Heritage list for natural assets.
At a meeting of related ministries and agencies, the government also decided to recommend the addition of Christian sites in the southwestern prefectures of Nagasaki and Kumamoto to the World Heritage list for cultural assets.
After the cabinet approves the decision on Friday, the government will submit official documents of recommendation to UNESCO by February 1.
The UN organization is expected to make a decision in summer 2018 on whether the Japanese assets will be inscribed in the list.
To be recommended as the natural heritage are the islands of Amami Ōshima and Tokunoshima, both in Kagoshima, the northern part of the main island of Okinawa and Iriomote Island in Okinawa. The government believes that the areas are important in preserving biodiversity.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]