2 govs want Christian sites to get World Heritage nod
News On Japan via Yomiuri -- Jan 23
The prefectures of Nagasaki and Kumamoto submitted a draft proposal to the government Tuesday, recommending a group of 13 sites related to Nagasaki's Christian past be collectively listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nagasaki Gov. Hodo Nakamura and Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima handed the draft proposal to culture minister Hakubun Shimomura.
The U.N. body is expected to begin deliberations on Nagasaki's Christian legacy as early as next year if it receives a recommendation by September.
A 43-year-old woman and other six boys and girls aged 14 to 18 years have been arrested by police in the western Japanese prefecture of Hyogo in connection with the abuse of a 15-year-old junior high school student, local press reported on Tuesday. (Global Times )
On November 30, officers from the Shizuoka Prefectural Police arrested Hitomi Sugawara, a part-time music teacher at elementary schools in Tokyo, for appearing in an adult video (AV) uploaded to an overseas Internet site. (Tokyo Reporter )