Meiji Period Sites of Japan gets UNESCO World Heritage Site Status [ Current Affairs ]

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Japan’s Meiji-era is called from 1868 to 1912. In this era, industrial revolution sites have received World Cultural Heritage status from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

  • In 1972, 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.
  • 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.
  • Meiji-era sites were located on Southwest of Japan. It Includes series of eleven properties that comprises Iron and Steel, coalmines and shipyards industries.
  • Represents the first successful transfer of Western industrialization to a non-Western nation in 19th century. Contributed in Japan’s evolution from feudalism to a successful industrialized 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.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Status granted to a places of cultural and natural significance by the UNESCO.

- Published on: July 10, 2015