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Southwest Japanese islands added to UNESCO World Heritage list

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UNESCO decided Monday to add a chain of islands in southwestern Japan with dense subtropical forests to its natural World Heritage list, Japanese government officials said.

The same UNESCO that recently took Liverpool off their list?

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The northern part of Okinawa Island, a mountainous region with lush forests, shows its beauty in a most salient way in mid-March through early April. The region, known locally as Yanbaru, is a habitat for precious rare animals and birds.

Unfortunately, however, a large part of it has been used by the U.S. military for jungle warfare training. Jungle warfare training for the defense of Japan?

In 2017 the U.S. returned about 4,000ha of the total 7,500ha of this training base, in exchange of which Japan had to build six so-called "helipads" for vertical take-off and landing aircraft such as Ospreys and Harrier jump jets.

These aircraft are still a great menace to precious rare animals because there is no demarcation for them between off-limits and non-off-limits areas.

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I've done plenty of hiking in Yanbaru, it's a great place to get back to nature. Too bad that training area is taking up so much a space.

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voiceofokinawaToday  08:15 am JST

Unfortunately, however, a large part of it has been used by the U.S. military for jungle warfare training. Jungle warfare training for the defense of Japan?

No issue thought with Tokyo-based companies taking up prime land with their huge hotels like JAL, ANA etc.?

The military bases keep their land pristine, unlike the mess in Naha, or Chatan.

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Not good to be in the list. Many Western youtubers have shown the hidden attractions of Japan. Those places have become crowded.

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UNESCO will have to strip more places of heritage sites otherwise the whole world will be one huge heritage site

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Just the south-west? Why not the whole of the Japanese archipelago?

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UNESCO will have to strip more places of heritage sites otherwise the whole world will be one huge heritage site

Agreed.....there are now too many "world heritage sites " all over the place...all about potential tourist $$...in Japan alone 23 existing sites and further 8 lined up.....they must be gunning for at least 1 in each prefecture to maintain the "wa".

In Japan ss of July 2020, twenty-three properties have been inscribed on the World Heritage List: nineteen cultural sites and four natural sites.[1] A further eight sites and one site extension have been submitted for future inscription and are currently on the Tentative List as of ...*
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Considering how obsessed we are with UNESCO, they should put all of Japan on the UNESCO list and remove a few places. It will save lots of time and money for everyone.

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It's true that the U.S. base of the Northern Training Area, aka, Jungle Warfare Training Center, has kept the forests in Yanbaru from commercial exploitation and development. So, do you want to say that Okinawa should owe thanks to the benevolent U.S.A? Lol.

By the way, do you know that your eponym, Commodore Matthew Perry, was contemplating to invade and occupy Okinawa to make it a U.S. beachhead to advance to Asia? You still keep that same 19 century mentality of imperialism, don't you?

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Commodore Perry,

It's true that the U.S. base of the Northern Training Area, aka, Jungle Warfare Training Center, has kept the forests in Yanbaru from commercial exploitation and development. So, do you want to say that Okinawa should owe thanks to the benevolent U.S.A? Lol.

By the way, do you know that your eponym, Commodore Matthew Perry, was contemplating to invade and occupy Okinawa to make it a U.S. beachhead to advance to Asia? You still keep that same 19 century mentality of imperialism, don't you?

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