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2018.06.19
Vol.5
Giving Greater Force to the Preparation of Routes toward Promoting "Heritage Tourism" - Recollections of the Unforgettable Bombing of Hometown Kure City and the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb

Representative Director, General Incorporated Foundation National Congress of Industrial Heritage (Advisor, Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Capital Markets Research Institute)

Mr. Hiroshi Yasuda
Mr. Hiroshi Yasuda
  • The issue of conscripted workers is an issue that must addressed together by the Japanese government and all related parties

-- In 2015, “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” was successfully registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you have served as Representative Director since last year. The National Congress of Industrial Heritage has a great deal of work to do and issues to address including preserving and maintaining the component assets, preparing and publicizing tourism routes, and responding to the issue of conscripted workers.

The issue of conscripted workers is extremely delicate, but to be honest, I wonder why some people, including people in South Korea, are protesting so vociferously. Their assertions overlook to some extent the substance of “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution,” and there are aspects that I do not understand very well. Looking just at the survey report which Ms. Kato and her associates went to great lengths to compile, it seems that information that differs from reality is being spread. All we can do from now is to respond calmly and persistently, as in the past, assert what must be asserted, and present arguments against what must be refuted.

This is a major issue that requires a response not only from our foundation, but also from the Japanese government and the various parties involved. When it comes to the work for the National Congress of Industrial Heritage, we need to prepare tourism, tour routes, and publicity for local residents and children, and otherwise steadily advance informational and educational activities.

-- Along those lines, as the Representative Director, do you have particular areas that you want to focus on or push forward?

No, you see, in practice my role is like that of an overseer, while Ms. Kato and her staff work hard at day-to-day activities. They have already developed an application using IT, prepared a digital archive, and are steadily building a track record, so I want them to continue with these activities.

Among those, the priority issue for the time being is to prepare tourism and visitor routes, for which a council has been established and efforts are being made. Indeed, I think the preparation of routes is important. In the past, when I visited Kagoshima, I was surprised to see how it was flooded with tourists. By chance, that was just at the time when the Kyushu Shinkansen bullet train began service between Kumamoto and Kagoshima. “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” has 23 component assets nationwide, so it is even more necessary for everyone to cooperate and come up with greater ideas and creativity to link these together.

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Vol.26
Taking Pride in Japan's Latest World Heritage Sites~A Journalist's Perspective~

Journalist, founder of the Shimomura Mitsuko Ikikata Juku School

Ms.Mitsuko Shimomura
Vol.25
Classic Cars and the Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution~Rally Nippon 2019 in Kyushu~

Representative, Rally Nippon

Mr.Yusuke Kobayashi
Vol.23
Giving Greater Force to the Preparation of Routes toward Promoting "Heritage Tourism" - Recollections of the Unforgettable Bombing of Hometown Kure City and the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb

Representative Director, General Incorporated Foundation National Congress of Industrial Heritage (Advisor, Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Capital Markets Research Institute)

Mr. Hiroshi Yasuda
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The City Connected to the World: Making the "Treasure of Nagasaki" the "Treasure of the World"

Mayor of Nagasaki City

Mr.Tomihisa Taue
Vol.19
The next generation of technological innovation is born from carrying forward history and culture. - Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution open the way to "conserving while using"

Executive Director of Kogakuin University

Dr.Osamu Goto
Vol.17
3D Digital Documentation of the Giant Cantilever Crane and Kosuge Dock

Head of Data Acquisition at The Glasgow School of Art’s School of Simulation and Visualisation

Mr. Alastair Rawlinson
Vol.16
Japan's Uplifting Industrial Heritage

Head of Industrial Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh

Dr Miles Oglethorpe
Vol.15
The Scottish Ten Project

Scottish Ten Project Manager, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh

Dr Lyn Wilson
Vol.14
The Tea Plantation Hill Where You Can See Two World Heritage Sites at Once, Mt. Fuji and the Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces--The Next Dream Is a "Mini Reverberatory Furnace for Children" to Provide Experiential Learning

Mayor of Izunokuni City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Ms.Toshiko Ono
Vol.13
Path to becoming a World Heritage Site

Pro-Provost and Chairman of Council of the Royal College of Art. Heritage advisor of Canal & River Trust for England and Wales.

Sir Neil Cossons
Vol.6
The Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution: The Roots of Japanese Craftsmanship and Industry

Chairman, Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.

Mr.Masafumi Yasutomi
Vol.5
The Miike Area: How Coal Contributed to Japan's Modern Industrialization

Mayor of Omuta City

Mr.Michio Koga
Vol.3
From Kamaishi to Yawata: The Proud Heritage of Japan's Modern Iron Industry

Mayor of Kamaishi City

Mr.Takenori Noda
Vol.2
Lord Nariakira Shimadzu's Shuseikan and the Efforts to Build a Strong and Affluent Nation

Member, Board of Directors, National Congress of Industrial Heritage Counselor, Shimadzu Limited

Mr.Kimiyasu Shimadzu
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The Genesis of Japan's Rise as an Industrial Nation: Preserving the Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution for Future Generations

Chairman of the Consortium for the World Heritage Inscription of Modern Industrial Heritage (Kyushu-Yamaguchi) and governor of Kagoshima Prefecture (as of 2015)

Mr.Yuichiro Ito