• 22 May, 2024
Foreign Affairs, Geopolitics & National Security

Japanese cabinet approves nominating mines for UNESCO list, defying South Korea’s protest

Tue, 01 Feb 2022   |  Reading Time: < 1 minute

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Cabinet formally approved nominating several mines for consideration as world heritage sites by UNESCO, the government’s top spokesperson said on Tuesday, defying objection from South Korea.

The government will submit the endorsement to the United Nations cultural organisation by 5 p.m. on Tuesday GMT to meet the deadline, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno.

Seoul had objected to the move, saying it is inappropriate because Korean labourers were forced to work there during Japan’s 1910-1945 colonisation of the Korean peninsula, including during World War Two.

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