Takayuki Ashizu, chief priest of Shinto shrine Munakata Taisha on Okinoshima island, which won UNESCO World Heritage status earlier this month. He said the island will become completely off-limits to the public, with even the annual men-only festival being canceled.© Asahi Shimbun
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The purpose of designating a World Heritage site is preservation and protection. We would like to return the island to the condition it originally was by forbidding the entry of the public.
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