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July 25th - August 8th, 2015
Leaders of the Next Generation: Development Seminar
July 28th, 2015
Sacred Island of OKINOSHIMA and Associated Sites in Munakata Region receives domestic nomination for upcoming World Heritage listing.
July 8th, 2015
Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution added to UNESCO World Heritage.

Leaders of the Next Generation: Development Seminar

The 12th Annual Leaders of the Next Generation: Development Seminar took place from July 25th to August 7th here in Fukuoka. Aiming to develop world-class talents out of local high school students, the entire Fukuoka community from businesses, schools, and even local governments cooperatively put together this program for further advancement of the next generation of Japanese children. For this year, a two-week long camp brought in a total of 186 students - 167 Japanese and 19 international high school students from 5 different countries. The participants engaged in seminars and keynote speeches given by the world's top instructors.


At the camp.

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Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region receives domestic nomination for upcoming World Heritage listing.

Japan's Council for Cultural Affairs selected on July 28th the Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region to be nominated from Japan for the upcoming UNESCO World Heritage List.
The sites are an exceptional example of the cultural tradition of worshipping a sacred island. Strictly guarded by local beliefs, the prohibited island is still today viewed as the sacred dwelling of their deity. Fukuoka Prefecture is actively involved in promoting the sites both domestically and internationally for the 2017 UNESCO World Heritage inscription.


Okinoshima Island (Okitsu-miya, Munakata Taishia)

Hetsu-Miya, Munakata Taisha

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Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution inscribed to UNESCO World Heritage list.

The World Heritage Committee held their 39th session on July 8th in Bonn, Germany this year. The Committee chose the Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution to be inscribed to the list for its historical and cultural significance. The sites represent the first successful adaptation of the Western technology and industrialization by a traditionally non-Western nation. The UNESCO World Heritage official page explains, the rapid industrialization that Japan achieved from the middle of the 19th century to the early 20th century was founded on iron and steel, shipbuilding and coal mining, particularly to meet defense needs. The sites in the series reflect the three phases of this rapid industrialization achieved over a short space of just over fifty years between 1850s and 1910.


Miike Coal Mine and Miike Port(Manda Pit)


The Imperial Steel Works, Japan.The site is not open to public.


Onga River Pumping Station.The site is not open to public.

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