UNESCO supports war? We urge UNESCO to thoroughly monitor Japan’s follow-up measures

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UNESCO supports war?

We urge UNESCO to monitor Japan’s follow-up measures upon registration of the 23 Meiji modern industrial facilities in Japan.

According to the Constitution of UNESCO, it recognizes that ignorance of each other’s ways  and lives has been a common cause, throughout the history of mankind, of that suspicion and mistrust between the peoples of the world through which their differences have all too often broken into war; and that the peace must therefore be founded, if it is not to fail, upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind.

We urge UNESCO to thoroughly monitor Japan’s follow-up measures of July 2015, upon registration of the 23 Meiji modern industrial facilities, whether they accord with the peace that UNESCO pursues.

In 2015 upon the registration, UNESCO advised that Japan prepare an interpretation strategy to let people understand the entire history of each facility. (39th World Heritage Committee Decision)

The Japanese representative also acknowledged the forced labor in the 1940s,
and remarked that Japan would take steps to honor the victims (e.g. installment of information center).

However, this effort is not seen at all in Japan’s follow-up measures.

In 2017, Japan expressed “support for Japanese industry” instead of “forced labor”
and announced a plan to install the information center in Tokyo, not in the place where forced labor was carried out.

After the follow-up measures in 2019, Japan’s foreign minister stated,
“we were not asked to report on the issue of workers from the Korean peninsula.”

The Japanese government wants the cultural heritage stated above to be remembered only as a symbol of splendid modernization.

This is not the peace that UNESCO pursues. If we are ignorant of the human rights, pains and tears of Koreans, Chinese, POWs, and forced laborers who were sacrificed by expansionism, the human kind will not be able to be solidified together.

Therefore, we urge UNESCO to thoroughly monitor Japan’s follow-up measures and to make specific correction requests as follows.

1. In order to faithfully convey the entire history, UNESCO must demand Japan to state the role of the heritage of the Industrial Revolution in the World War Ⅱ era.

2. In order to make sure that the entire history is faithfully conveyed, UNESCO must request Japan to disclose the fact that there were forced labor and to establish the information center on the forced labor site, not in Tokyo.

*UNESCO supports war?!?
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