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USG, GOJ, Okinawa to work together to register forest as World Heritage site

  • January 4, 2016
  • , Sankei
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Friday’s Sankei wrote that the GOJ and the municipal government of Higashi village, Okinawa, have agreed to ask UNESCO to register a forest area in northern Okinawa as a natural World Heritage site in 2018. Noting that part of the region falls within the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area, the daily said the USG has already agreed to return sizable portions of the area. The daily added that Okinawa Governor Onaga is cautious about this element of the planned land return since it is premised on the relocation of a U.S. military helipad from the present site to another location in the training area. The paper added that Onaga’s opposition to the land reversion may obstruct efforts to register the forest as a World Heritage site. 

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