Here is an interesting piece that elaborates on the reasons Sado may be delayed.
Okay, now it looks like Sado will
be recommended/submitted after Nationalists were upset (including former Prime Minister Abe)
. It will be moving forward apparently by this coming Tuesday. Expect controversy as I am fairly sure S. Korea (and maybe China)
will actively campaign against inscription amongst the world heritage committee members. A lot will depend on the ICOMOS evaluation. Pushing through this nomination completely overturns Japan's argument concerning the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, which determined that if another nation does not support a nomination (once public) over historical issues, the nomination should not be approved (until discussions/diplomacy resolved the issue)
. This may eventually be another addition to the "Controversial at inscription" connection if the nomination is successful.http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20220128000505Influence of Domestic Politics"On Jan. 18, a group of 55 conservative Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers, including former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and policy chief Sanae Takaichi, called for Kishida to ignore South Korea's concerns and submit the resolution before Feb. 1. At a Jan. 20 meeting of his party faction, Abe said that to take into consideration South Korea's objection by avoiding an argument was a mistake.""(Takaichi) urged the government to recommend Sado for registration before the deadline, saying that if it was postponed, it would damage Japan's honor."Sado's Edo Period OUV "The fact that a gold mine unparalleled in the world was operated during the Edo Period is what makes Sado worthy of being designated a World Heritage Site. I don't think we should avoid discussion (of the Korean wartime labor issue). But that's a different discussion from one about the gold mine as a World Heritage site," Hanazumi said."https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/01/28/national/sado-mine-registration-decision/