The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO began a weeklong meeting in Cambodia on Sunday, during which Mount Fuji will be formally added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a consultative body to UNESCO, in April recommended that Mt Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 meters, was appropriate for registering as a World Heritage site.
Mt Fuji covers roughly 70,000 hectares in Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures, including five major lakes and the Shiraito Falls, as well as eight Shinto shrines. It is being considered as a "cultural" heritage site, rather than a "natural" heritage site.
UNESCO's World Heritage program is governed by an international treaty intended to "encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity," its mission statement says.
Other World Heritage cultural sites include the Sydney Opera House, the temples at Angkor in Cambodia, The Great Wall of China and the pyramid fields in Egypt.
Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs last year also proposed that the collection of cultural assets at Kamakura be awarded World Heritage Site status, but the UNESCO panel turned the request down.© Japan Today/AFP