ZwangsarbeiterInnen Japans im 2. Weltkrieg
UNESCO and the Framing of Japan's Meiji Era
UNESCO World Heritage Committee
June 28 - July 8, 2015, Bonn, Germany
The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 13, Issue. 26, No. 1, June 29, 2015
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History in a Box: UNESCO and the Framing of Japan’s Meiji Era
Japan has a great deal to be proud of regarding its rapid modernization and industrialization beginning in the mid-1800s, which launched the nation on the path to becoming the world’s second-largest economy scarcely one generation after a devastating war and the third-largest economy today.
But is it possible to tell this impressive, even inspirational, story while skipping over the deplorable middle chapters involving Japan’s massive use of forced labor during the Asia Pacific War?
That question is the crux of the controversy involving “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution,” a Japan-sponsored nomination now before the UNESCO World Heritage Committee that would grant World Heritage status to two dozen mines, ports, factories and shipyards located mainly in the nation’s southwest. In May 2015 an advisory body recommended that the UNESCO committee approve the Japanese proposal when it meets in Germany from June 28 to July 8.