Japan to list Diaoyu Islands as world heritage candidate

The Japanese newspaper, Sankei Shimbun, reports officials in Ishigaki city have applied to the government to register the disputed Diaoyu Islands as a World Heritage site.

This comes after Tokyo announced plans to apply for the inclusion of the Amami and Ryukyu Islands on the UNESCO provisional list of candidates. Japan is hoping to secure World Heritage status for these islands in Kagoshima and Okinawa prefectures in summer 2016. Officials in Ishigaki say they will conduct field research on the Diaoyu Islands.

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