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The World Heritage Committee has inscribed the following properties on the World Heritage List:
1993 Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area Japan (Honshu island) Hiroshima - Chugoku region: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Genbaku Dome - A-Bomb Dome and one of the channels of the Ota river - Unesco world heritage site (photo by G.Frysinger) 1996 Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)
1993 Himeji-jo 1996 Itsukushima Shinto Shrine
1993 Yakushima Japan (Honshu island) - Nara: Daibutsu-den Hall - Todai-ji Temple - said to be the largest wooden building in the World  - Unesco world heritage site  (photo by G.Frysinger) 1998 Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
1993 Shirakami-Sanchi 1999 Shrines and Temples of Nikko
Japan - Kyoto: Nijo Castle - istoric Monuments of Ancient Kyoto - Unesco world heritage site  (photo by M.Torres) 1994 Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) 2000 Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu
1995 Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama 2004 Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range
2005 Shiretoko Peninsula
2007 Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine

The World Heritage List was established under terms of The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage adopted in November 1972 at the 17th General Conference of UNESCO.

The Convention states that a World Heritage Committee "will establish, keep up-to-date and publish" a World Heritage List of cultural and natural properties, submitted by the States Parties and considered to be of outstanding universal value.

One of the main responsibilities of this Committee is to provide technical co-operation under the World Heritage Fund for the safeguarding of World Heritage properties to States Parties whose resources are insufficient.

States Parties can request international assistance under the Fund for the preparation of tentative lists and nomination forms, expert missions, training of specialized staff, and supply of equipment when appropriate; they can also apply for long-term loans and, in special cases, non-repayable grants. Requests must concern work necessary for the preservation of cultural or natural sites included in the World Heritage List or assistance to national or regional training centres.

Emergency assistance is also available under the Fund in the case of properties severely damaged by specific natural or man-made disasters or threatened with imminent destruction.

source: www.unesco.org

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