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Mount Fuji on way to heritage status

By Associated Press

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TOKYO » Japan's iconic Mount Fuji looks likely to win recognition as a World Heritage site.

The Agency for Cultural Affairs issued a notice Wednesday saying Mount Fuji was recommended for World Heritage status by the International Council on Monuments and Sites, a body affiliated with UNESCO.

Formal approval is expected in June at a World Heritage Committee meeting in Cambodia.

A collection of cultural sites in Kama­kura, a scenic town near Tokyo that once was the nation's capital, were not recommended.

Mount Fuji would be Japan's 13th cultural World Heritage site.

The 12,388-foot volcanic peak is ringed by lakes, national parks, temples and shrines. It rises from the Pacific coast and is seen as a sacred part of Japan's cultural landscape both in Buddhist and indigenous Shinto traditions.

About 300,000 people follow religious pilgrims of centuries past in climbing Mount Fuji each year, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization, most of them crowding into a brief summer climbing season.

Local officials already are pondering how to improve traffic access and other facilities to accommodate an anticipated increase in visitors, while preserving the area's natural beauty.

"It's crucial that we preserve all the vantage points from which we can view Mount Fuji," Shoji Watai, an expert on a cultural preservation panel of Fuji­no­miya city, one of several towns near the mountain.

The news pushed shares in Fuji Kyuko Co., a railway that serves the area, up 16 percent to their highest level since 1991.






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Iuki wrote:
When I lived in Japan some years ago, I could see the top of Mt. Fuji from my second-story bedroom window. What a beautiful sight! Once, on a trip to Lake Hakone, I saw it up close. But there was something special about that view of it over the tops of other mountains.
on May 6,2013 | 01:00PM
CloudForest wrote:
One more on the list of places that will soon obtain the "wilderness designation" then it will be off limits to humans forever - that's the trend and the end result is that humans are considered a pest that need to be confined and eradicated - welcome to Agenda 21.
on May 6,2013 | 04:41PM
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