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The inscription of "Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the Northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island" on World Heritage List (Statement by Foreign Minister MOTEGI Toshimitsu)

July 26, 2021
  1. I am particularly pleased that today on July 26th, "Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the Northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island" nominated by Japan was inscribed on the World Heritage List at the Extended 44th Session of the World Heritage Committee.

  2. “Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, the Northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island” is an irreplaceable habitat for some unique terrestrial species including many endemic and globally threatened species. This property contains important and significant habitats for conservation of this exceptional and rich biodiversity. I highly welcome the inscription of this natural property as a World Heritage Site, hoping that the inscription will lead to an increased recognition of the value of these natural assets in the world.

  3. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to make efforts, in cooperation with other relevant ministries and agencies, to promote understanding of the value of Japan’s World Heritage properties in the world.

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