Meiji Period Sites of Japan gets UNESCO World Heritage Site Status

Japan’s Meiji-era (1868-1912) industrial revolution sites have received World Cultural Heritage status from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Decision in this regard was taken during the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee chaired by Maria Bohmer in Bonn, Germany.
With this inclusion, the total Cultural sites with UNESCO World Heritage Status in Japan have increased to 15 along with 4 natural sites.
Facts about Meiji-era sites

  • Location: Southwest of Japan
  • Includes series of eleven properties that comprises Iron and Steel, coalmines and shipyards industries.
  • Contributed in Japan’s evolution from feudalism to a successful industrialised modern economy.
  • Trace the development phase of Japan’s heavy industries and its integration to Western technology along with fundamental changes in its traditional culture.
  • Represents the first successful transfer of Western industrialization to a non-Western nation in 19th century.

About UNESCO World Heritage Site Status

This status granted to a places of cultural and natural significance by the UNESCO. The list of these heritage sites is part of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage which was adopted by the UNESCO’s General Conference in 1972.



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