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Author Solivagant
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#106 | Posted: 28 Jul 2022 07:54 | Edited by: Solivagant 
elsslots:
Japanese Sado mines

Interesting item on a rule change which Japan got made in 2021 regarding nominations for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register (MWR). It was brought about specifically to prevent the registration by China and others of documents related to "Japanese military's wartime sexual slavery system." and only applies to the MWR. This Korean article comments that the same logic should be adopted regarding "controversial" WHS nominations (particularly to Sado Island!) - namely that "registrations would be halted in the event of objections from member countries, allowing dialogue to proceed indefinitely between the countries in question."

Author winterkjm
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#107 | Posted: 28 Jul 2022 20:45 | Edited by: winterkjm 
"Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's government previously considered delaying the Sado Island nomination but apparently reversed itself after facing growing pressure from ultra-conservatives in the ruling party known for their efforts to whitewash Japan's wartime past."

The specific "Ultra-conservatives in the ruling party" mentioned here was none other than Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (recently assassinated).

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2022/07/28/breaking-news/japans-push-for-unesco-to-list-divisive-gold-mine-delayed/

In another article, the "incomplete" status while vague, generally inferred that what was 'missing' was the full history of the mines that related to the 20th century. The politicization of the committee with such a divisive issue (as in 2015) was to be avoided.

UNESCO is said to have expressed concern to Japan about bringing the conflict between Korea and Japan over historical issues to the World Heritage Committee.

Author Durian
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#108 | Posted: 28 Jul 2022 22:35 | Edited by: Durian 
I felt sad for Japanese tax payers for this political game and how government acted to be supportive and not in the same time,

Author Solivagant
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#109 | Posted: 29 Jul 2022 00:42 | Edited by: Solivagant 
winterkjm:
ultra-conservatives in the ruling party known for their efforts to whitewash Japan's wartime past."

Example of Japanese "Ultra Conservative" views in this article "CULTURE UNESCO Heritage Campaign: Workers Thrived at Sado Mines, Contrary to Korea's Claims"

I looked up the publisher, "Japan Forward" and assumed I would discover a somewhat "fringe" nationalistic group - but no, it is owned by Sankei Shimbun, a reasonably big player in the Japanese Media World (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sankei_Shimbun )...... "JAPAN Forward is a new English-language news and opinion site by Sankei Shimbun, one of Japan's top newspapers, delivering sensible Japanese voices to the (world)" !!!!

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