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“Site of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” have gained UNESCO World Heritage Site status!

Japan's rapid modernization was founded on iron and steel, shipbuilding and coal mining. “Site of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” tells the history of how Japan adapted Western technical knowledge to become a “Great Manufacturer.”

This serial nomination encompasses 23 sites across 8 prefectures and 11 cities, located mainly in Yamaguchi Prefecture and Kyūshū. In the Hagi area, there are five proto-industrial heritage sites based on imported technical expertise.

About Serial Nomination

Serial nomination provides for sites dispersed across a wide geographical area to be considered together as a historical or cultural group. This allows disparate sites with universal value to be nominated from all across Japan.