Japan to Recommend Again Amami-Okinawa Isles as World Heritage

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Tokyo, Nov. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japan will recommend again the southwestern islands of Amami Oshima and Tokunoshima, as well as the northern part of the main island of Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, and Iriomote Island, part of the island prefecture, for UNESCO World Heritage listing in 2020, the government said Friday.

The Japanese government withdrew its initial recommendations for the islands after a relevant panel of the U.N. organization proposed earlier this year that their registration be postponed.

The government now plans to submit the fresh recommendations to UNESCO, after formalization at a cabinet meeting by Feb. 1 next year.

"We'll make the utmost efforts so that the islands will be inscribed on the UNESCO list without fail," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference.

Beginning with screenings at a meeting of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee in summer 2020, each country is allowed to recommend only one candidate a year for World Heritage registration.

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