Japan Govt Recommends Amami-Okinawa Isles as World Heritage


Tokyo, Feb. 1 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Friday submitted documents recommending the addition of Amami Oshima and other southwestern islands to the UNESCO World Heritage list for natural assets in 2020.

Foreign Ministry staff submitted the papers on the islands--Amami Oshima and Tokunoshima in Kagoshima Prefecture, the northern part of the main island of Okinawa Prefecture and Iriomote, also in Okinawa--to the UNESCO World Heritage Center in Paris.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature, a UNESCO advisory body, will review whether the island group should be designated as a World Heritage site by conducting field evaluations by year-end.

The IUCN will convey the result of its review around spring 2020 to UNESCO, whose World Heritage Committee will make a final decision around summer that year.

The government initially aimed for a 2018 listing. Its recommendation was withdrawn following the IUCN's advice in May 2018 that the island group's registration be postponed.

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