Japan to Recommend Jomon Ruins for '21 World Heritage Listing

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Tokyo, July 31 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Council for Cultural Affairs has decided to recommend a set of ruins from the country's ancient Jomon period in northern Japan for UNESCO World Heritage listing in 2021.

Following cabinet approval, the government plans to submit its recommendation to UNESCO by Feb. 1 next year. The council reached its decision at a meeting Tuesday.

"The sites are rare heritage introducing ones to the lifestyle of people during the period, before the beginning of farming culture, and their sophisticated and complex spiritual culture," Makoto Sato, chairman of the council, told a press conference that day.

The Jomon ruins, located in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, and Aomori, Iwate and Akita prefectures in the Tohoku northeastern region, are 17 sites dating back 2,300 to 15,000 years.

They include the Sannai-Maruyama site in Aomori's namesake capital city, one of the largest remains of settlements in the period, the Kamegaoka site, where a famous goggle-eyed "dogu" clay figurine from the period were unearthed, in Tsugaru, also Aomori Prefecture, and the Oyu Kanjo Resseki site, featuring two large stone circles, in the Akita city of Kazuno.

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