Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution (Japan)
This Web site for the bid might be of interesthttp://www.kyuyama.jp/e/index.html
The opening sequence refers to the "sweat and tears of the people who built the new era"... "Their laughter, their tears ,their rage - We have never forgotten those human lives".
I don't think they were referring to the Korean (and WWII prisoner) slave labour though!!
I noted that "Yawata Steel Works" is included - which seemed timely following my reference in my Volklingen review to a "Steelworks gap" in the List. However it seems that only the First Head office and the Blacksmith Factory are included. I note that the Higashida Blast Furnace of 1901 which is a "Municipal Cultural Property" within the Yawata site is NOT included - perhaps they feared that another turn of the century blast furnace built by Germany (though Wiki carries the story that it took the Japanese to make it work after the Germans were kicked out!) wouldn't gain much support!
What IS included is a much earlier Blast furnace from 1857 built when the Japanese were trying to do things themselves
Those of us who have been to Nagasaki but didn't make it inside the Kosuge Slip dock (I only saw it from the outside!!) might be interested to note that the Glover House is included and (nearly??) everyone who goes to Nagasaki will go there!!
All in all it seems very scattered and bitty - whether Japan can really argue that all these elements are contributing to the OUV I would doubt