- Title: FRANCE/FILE: Japan's Ogasawara islands named UNESCO World Heritage site
- Date: 25th June 2011
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (JUNE 24, 2011) (REUTERS) (*** FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY ***) VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF THE UNESCO HEADQUARTERS IN PARIS UN FLAG JOURNALISTS WAITING OUTSIDE AUDITORIUM ENTRANCE SECURITY AT ENTRANCE VARIOUS OF UNESCO HANDOUTS INTERIOR OF AUDITORIUM JAPANESE SEAT IN AUDITORIUM INTERIOR OF AUDITORIUM VARIOUS OF JAPANESE JOURNALISTS OUTSIDE AUDITORIUM OGASAWARA ISLANDS VICE-MAYOR, ISHIDA KAZUHIKO LEAVING AUDITORIUM CAMERAMAN KAZUHIKO TAKING A PHONE CALL FROM MAYOR (SOUNDBITE) (English) OGASAWARA ISLANDS VICE-MAYOR, ISHIDA KAZUHIKO SPEAKING WITH MAYOR SAYING: **TRANSLATION TO FOLLOW** JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) OGASAWARA ISLANDS VICE-MAYOR, ISHIDA KAZUHIKO RESPONDING TO QUESTION ABOUT WHAT VICTORY MEANS FOR JAPAN: **TRANSLATION TO FOLLOW** JOURNALISTS KAZUHIKO LEAVING
- Embargoed: 10th July 2011 13:00
- Location: Japan, France
- Country: Japan France
- Topics: Environment / Natural World
- Reuters ID: LVA5HMSSRXSBX0QZ5TRXZQCQ6MYV
- Story Text: Japan's Ogasawara islands, also known as the Bonin Islands, located nearly 1,000 kilometres south of the mainland, were added on Friday (June 24) to the UNESCO World Heritage List, after days of deliberation by the international organisation.
The islands, which total nearly thirty, cover nearly 8,000 hectares of territory and contain a vast wealth of animal and vegetable life, including hundreds of endangered animal species.
The cluster's Vice-Mayor Ishida Kazuhiko said the victory was a great result for Japan.
The search for the next World Heritage site is an extensive process and more than 35 locations were considered this year in across three different categories.
While the Ogasawara Islands battled it out with other 'natural' sites, other selections took place for 'cultural' and 'mixed' locations.
And it didn't take long for word to reach Japanese shores, as the Mayor of the Ogasawara Islands was the first notified by Kazuhiko over the phone, shortly after the announcement at UNESCO.
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