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Towards World Heritage inscription of
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun

Signatory states to the World Heritage Convention can submit nomination proposals for cultural and natural properties of "Outstanding Universal Value" to be inscribed on the World Heritage List. Each country first submits an "inventory" of potential future candidates for World Heritage, known as the "Tentative List", to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. In Japan, nominations for Inscription on the World Heritage List (referred to below as "nominations") are first prepared for properties to be registered on the World Heritage Tentative List. At the same time, "Proof of Outstanding Universal Value" and "Exhaustive Conservation Measures In Situ" are studied in connection with the candidate sites. Finally, the Japanese nominations are decided by the Special Commission on World Heritage of the Council for Cultural Affairs (decisions on nominations by the Agency for Cultural Affairs) and the Inter-Ministerial/Agency Coordination Committee for World Natural Heritage (decisions on nominations by the Government). The nominations are first submitted for review by advisory bodies of the World Heritage Committee (ICOMOS for cultural heritage, IUCN for natural heritage*) (including on-site field surveys). They are then deliberated by the World Heritage Committee, which makes the final decision on whether or not to inscribe the sites. *ICOMOS: International Council for Monuments and Sites
*IUCN: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

Processes until being included on the World Heritage Tentative List

"Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters" is now included on the World Heritage Tentative List.
In other words, it is a candidate for a World Heritage site.
FY2006 Agency for Cultural Affairs invites all local authorities in Japan to submit candidate sites for inclusion on the World Heritage Tentative List (previously, the government selected sites for nomination to UNESCO).
September 26, 2007 In a joint initiative by Osaka Prefecture and Sakai, Habikino and Fujiidera Cities, "Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters" is submitted to the Agency for Cultural Affairs as a candidate site for inclusion on the World Heritage Tentative List.
September 26, 2008 The Council for Cultural Affairs Special Commission on World Heritage selects Mozu-Furuichi as "suitable for inclusion on the World Heritage Tentative List (but with conditions)".
October 2008 The Advisory Council of Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun for World Cultural Heritage Inscription is established.
August 2009 The Joint Conference of Osaka Prefectural Government and Relevant City Governments to Promote Inscription of Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun as a World Cultural Heritage Site is established.
November 22, 2010
Included on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.
  • June 14, 2010: Listing acknowledged by the Council for Cultural Affairs Special Commission on World Heritage.
  • October 6, 2010: Listing acknowledged by the Inter-Ministerial/Agency Coordination Committee for World Heritage.

From the Tentative List to the World Heritage Inscription

Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun is aiming at inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019.
Shortest possible schedule FY2011
May 12, 2011
  • Conference Headquarters for the Promotion of Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun for World Cultural Heritage Inscription established (members include the Governor of Osaka Prefecture and the Mayors of Sakai, Habikino and Fujiidera Cities)
  • Decision to aim for inscription in 2015 at the earliest.
FY2012
  • Produce a draft nomination through discussions with the Agency for Cultural Affairs and other experts.
  • Step up PR efforts in and outside Osaka Prefecture, implement initiatives aimed at fostering positivity (carry out maintenance of the properties and their surroundings, town development and other projects in urban areas).
FY2013
June 04, 2013
  • Submitted the draft nomination to Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs by Vice Governor of Osaka Prefecture and the Mayors of Sakai, Habikino and Fujiidera Cities.
August 23rd, 2013
  • The Council for Cultural Affairs Special Commission on World Heritage did not select Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun to be nominated from Japan this fiscal year.
November 26th, 2013
  • Taking the proposed result and raised issues by the Council in August, the Conference Headquarters revised the target year for the inscription on the World Heritage List at 2017 (i.e. nomination from the Government of Japan in 2015).
FY2014
  • Produced a draft nomination through discussions with the Agency for Cultural Affairs and other experts.
  • Set up PR efforts in and outside Osaka Prefecture, implement initiatives aimed at fostering positivity.
March, 2015
  • Submitted the draft nomination to the Agency for Cultural Affaires.
FY2015
July 28th, 2015
  • The Council for Cultural Affairs Special Commission on World Heritage did not select Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun to be nominated from Japan this fiscal year.
August 24th, 2015
  • Taking the proposed result and raised issues by the Council in July, the Conference Headquarters revised the target year for the inscription on the World Heritage List at 2018 (i.e. nomination from the Government of Japan in 2016.)
March 31st, 2016
  • Submitted the draft nomination to the Agency for Cultural Affairs
FY2016
July 25th, 2016
  • The Council for Cultural Affairs Special Commission on World Heritage did not select Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun to be nominated from Japan this fiscal year.
August 24th, 2016
  • Taking the proposed result and raised issues by the Council in July, the Conference Headquarters revised the target year for the inscription on the World Heritage List at 2019 (i.e. nomination from the Government of Japan in 2017.)
March 31st, 2017
  • Submitted the draft nomination to the Agency for Cultural Affairs
FY2017
  • Selected as the site to be nominated from Japan to the World Heritage.
  • Government submits nomination to the World Heritage Centre.
FY2018
  • Review and on-site field survey by ICOMOS mission.
FY2019
  • World Heritage Committee makes the final decision whether to inscribe.

Properties of Japan inscribed on the Tentative List

9 Sites (all cultural) are on the tentative list in August, 2016.
Name of the Property Date of Inscription Prefecture of Location
Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura 1993 Kanagawa
Hikone-Jo (castle) 1993 Shiga
Asuka-Fujiwara: Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties 2008 Nara
Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki 2008 Nagasaki
Jomon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaido, Northern Tohoku, and other regions 2009 Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, Akita
Okinoshima Island and Related Sites in Munakata Region 2009 Fukuoka
The Sado complex of heritage mines, primarily gold mines 2010 Niigata
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters 2010 Osaka
Hiraizumi―Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension) 2012 Iwate