Evaluations and Recommendations on Japan’s World Heritage Nominations

Press Release
May 1, 2013

 MEXT has recently been notified by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre on the recommendations made by ICOMOS (the International Council on Monuments and Sites), which is one of the Advisory Bodies to the World Heritage Committee, for Japan’s two nominations for inscription on the World Heritage List: “Kamakura, Home of the Samurai” and “Fujisan” . The evaluation results related to each nomination and the basic timeline of events for each nomination are as follows;

1. Extracts from  the ICOMOS Evaluation

Kamakura, Home of the Samurai:
“ICOMOS recommends that Kamakura, Home of the Samurai, Japan, should not be inscribed on the World Heritage List.”
   Fujisan:
“ICOMOS recommends that Fujisan, Japan, excluding the Mihonomatsubara site, be inscribed on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii) and (vi).”

(Reference) International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) :
An international non-governmental organization (NGO) that works for conservation, restoration, and revival of cultural heritage properties. ICOMOS was founded in 1964. Its headquarters is located in Paris, France.

2. “Kamakura, Home of the Samurai” basic timeline of events

October 1992 Included in the World Heritage Tentative List of Japan.
January 2012 Nomination file submitted to the World Heritage Centre
September 2012 On-site evaluation by ICOMOS experts

3. “Fujisan” basic timeline of events

January 2007 Included in the World Heritage Tentative List of Japan
January 2012 Nomination file submitted to World Heritage Centre
August-Sept. 2012 On-site evaluation by ICOMOS experts
December 2012 Additional information requested by ICOMOS
February 2013 Additional information submitted to ICOMOS

4. Upcoming Schedule for the Two Nominations

Based on the ICOMOS recommendations, the final decision for inscription on the World Heritage List will be made at the 37th World Heritage Committee session which will take place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 16-27, June 2013.
The final decision by the World Heritage Committee will fall under one of the same four categories used by ICOMOS: “Inscription”, “Referral”, “Deferral” or “Not to Inscribe”.

(Agency for Cultural Affairs, Cultural Properties Department, Monuments and Sites Division)