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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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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.

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OUCH!!!

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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.

mic-drop moment right here

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What is the purpose if no can visit. Are there rare plants and animals?

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Sounds fair mate, you'll be getting off the island too then I presume?

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@zichi

Not especially. But there are a lot of unexcavated and delicate archeological sites...

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Just off limits to non shrine persons. THAT won't be abused, no siree

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Luca

but the island is off limits to everyone including archeologists based on religious belief crap. Only a single shinto priest is there for a limited time.

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If it was down to the ecology being under threat; fair do. But if it's down to religion; that's one to be debated.

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The only problem is that Okinoshima has been registered by UNESCO as a cultural site, not a natural site or a mixed site. If human beings can no longer benefit culturally from this site because it's off limits, it should either lose it's status or be reclassified (if it still meets the criteria).

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