Japan's Meiji industrial revolution sites win UN world heritage nod

Japan's Meiji industrial revolution sites win UN world heritage nod
Japan's Minamikyushu Mayor Kampei Shimodaira (2nd L) and Mutsuo Kuwashiro (L), Counselor of Minamikyushu city office speak before press in Tokyo on May 13, 2015 as they hope to register letters written by World War II kamikaze pilots as important global heritage.
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BERLIN - The UN cultural agency Sunday designated a number of sites representative of Japan's industrial revolution under Emperor Meiji (1868-1910) as World Heritage sites.

UNESCO conferred the status on the iron and steel, shipbuilding and coal mining sites. The Japanese bid to have them listed had touched off a diplomatic spat because South Korea and China say that seven of the sites became centres for deportation and forced labour during their respective Japanese occupations.

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