Japan Current Affairs - 2020

Japan’s Mount Fuji set to be listed in Unesco World heritage sites

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is set to categorize Japanese volcano of Mount Fuji as a World Heritage site.

  • International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos) had approved Mt Fuji as appropriate for registration

Key Features about Mount Fuji:

  • It is Japan’s highest peak at 12,460 feet.
  • Situated to the south-west of Tokyo and is visible from the Japanese capital.
  • Had last erupted nearly 300 years ago.
  • A symbol of Japanese spiritual worship, art and geographical orientation.

Japan currently has 16 World Heritage-listed sites – 12 of them are cultural and 4 are natural.

  • The most recent addition to the list were the Buddhism-linked gardens and temples of Hiraizumi, in year 2011.

Takehiko Nakao the new president of ADB assumes office

Takehiko Nakao, Japan’s former vice finance minister, who was elected president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) by its Board of Governors, ahead of the bank’s annual meet in New Delhi, assumed office.
He was elected subsequent to resignation by the former president of ADB Haruhiko Kuroda in March 2013 to take up his assignment as Bank of Japan governor.

Haruhiko Kuroda

Earlier in March 2013, Japan’s Parliament approved Haruhiko Kuroda, a Finance Ministry veteran to become the Governor of the Central Bank of Japan. Mr. Haruhiko Kuroda was the President of ADB since February 2005 and the Chairperson of ADB’s Board of Directors.