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September 2013

Mount Fuji: World Heritage Site

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PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY
Prime Minister Visits the Middle East and the Republic of Djibouti, G20 St. Petersburg Summit. And Tokyo elected as the host city of the Olympic Games in 2020.

Prime Minister Abe visited the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, the Republic of Djibouti and the State of Qatar and attended the G20 St. Petersburg Summit, the 125th IOC Session held in Buenos Aires in Argentina.

COVER STORY
Mount Fuji: World Heritage Site

On June 22 this year, it was decided that Mt. Fuji would become the 17th place in Japan to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. In this issue, we examine the various aspects of Mt. Fuji.

A Diplomatic Home Run
An Interview with Mr. Seiichi Kondo

A new phenomenon is now taking hold in Japan that is not only eco-friendly but also economical: Car sharing.

FEATURES

Mount Fuji: Road to the soul

Mount Fuji is an object of faith for Japanese people and a place that their hearts draw support from, as expressed by the official name that it is registered as a Cultural World Heritage Site under: "Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration". The culture of faith relating to Mt. Fuji can be generally classified into three types.

Alone in its Union of Grace and Majesty: Mount Fuji in art and culture

Mount Fuji and its environs have inspired poets, painters, artists and travelers for generations. One criterion required for UNESCO inscription is that Mt. Fuji must reflect outstanding universal values as a source of artistic inspiration.

Protecting the Outstanding Universal Value of Mt Fuji: Conservation efforts

Mt. Fuji is a very popular destination for visitors from home and abroad. On the other hand to reduce the mischief brought by climbers and tourists, a durable conservation plan to protect the environmental integrity of the Mt. Fuji region is required. Suitable control and protection of the mountain is requested.


Journeying to Fuji Country:Tourism information for Mount Fuji and Environs

Many people are inspired to visit Mt. Fuji each year, but have you ever considered the challenges of getting there or the special rewards involved?

SERIES

STUDENTS' CORNER
Otsukimi

The moon can be viewed in many ways. In some countries, people see a man in the moon, whereas in others, they see handprints, or a tree. But in Japan, many people think of a rabbit when looking at the moon. Do you know why?

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
"K" Computer

"K" is short for the kanji kei, meaning 10 quadrillion (1016) that serves as the name of fourth most powerful supercomputer in the world.

JAPANESE ABROAD
A Dandelion in Cebu: Takako Yamada

At a comparatively young age, Takako Yamada has already started her own company, travelled extensively around the Philippines in her humanitarian work, become a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland and has earned the kudos of her community back in Japan.

47 PREFECTURES: FROM A TO Y
Hiroshima

Dining out, okonomiyaki and oysters

47 PREFECTURES: FROM A TO Y
Hokkaido

A visit to Tsurui village