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Four Japanese sites recommended for World Heritage listing

Four groups of historically important areas in Japan were recommended to the Cultural Affairs Agency for registration as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites, the agency announced.

Four Japanese sites recommended for World Heritage listing
The Mozu tumulus group, part of the Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun Ancient 
Tumulus Clusters, in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture [Credit: Asahi Shimbun]
The areas are: the Jomon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaido, northern Tohoku, and other regions (Aomori, Akita and Iwate prefectures); the Sado Gold and Silver Mine in Niigata Prefecture; the Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun Ancient Tumulus Clusters in Osaka Prefecture; and Okinoshima island and related sites in the Munakata region of Fukuoka Prefecture.

Four Japanese sites recommended for World Heritage listing
Oyukanjoresseki, stone remains that are a part of the Jomon Archaeological Sites
 in Hokkaido, northern Tohoku, and other regions, are seen in Kazuno, 
Akita Prefecture [Credit: Asahi Shimbun]
Four Japanese sites recommended for World Heritage listing
Odatetatekoyagura, a facility of the former Sado Gold and Silver 
Mine in Niigata Prefecture [Credit: Asahi Shimbun]
The submission of the draft recommendations marked the first step toward applying for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status in 2017, the agency said March 27.

Four Japanese sites recommended for World Heritage listing
Okinoshima island in Munakata, Fukuoka Prefecture
 [Credit: Asahi Shimbun]
The Council for Cultural Affairs, an advisory body to the agency, will review the suggestions and select one to be submitted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Source: The Asahi Shimbun [March 28, 2015]
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