Timeline for designation as a World Heritage Site

2009

January 5, 2009

“The Modern Industrial Heritage Sites in Kyushu and Yamaguchi” were listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative List

2013

April 23, 2013

The nomination documents were submitted to the Japanese government to be nominated for UNESCO

August 27, 2013

“Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Kyushu-Yamaguchi and Related Areas” was decided as the name for the industrial assets by the Committee of Experts to Discuss the Industrial Heritages Including Operating Assets (Organizer: Cabinet Secretariat)

September 20, 2013

The “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Kyushu-Yamaguchi and Related Areas” was officially declared as the Japanese government’s recommendation to UNESCO for designation as a world heritage

2014

January 29, 2014

The Japanese government submitted the nomination document (official version) for the “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Kyushu-Yamaguchi and Related Areas” to UNESCO

September 26 to October 5, 2014

An on-site study was conducted by ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)

2015

May 4, 2015

ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) recommended that the site be inscribed as a world heritage

July 5, 2015

The World Heritage Committee determined to inscribe (designate) the “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining” on the List of World Heritage

Scenes from the survey conducted by specialists from outside of Japan

Excavated porcelain