World Heritage assessment expected on Sunday

The World Heritage Committee has been reviewing the Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region in Fukuoka Prefecture. They were recommended by Japan.

The final assessment was expected to be made in Poland on Saturday. But assessments of other entries have taken more time than anticipated.

Heavy rain continued to pelt parts of the Kyushu region, southwestern Japan, on Saturday. Northern Kyushu has been hit by over 600 millimeters of rain since the deluge began. (NHK)

People in Japan will have to wait one more day for a UNESCO committee to decide whether to register a group of ancient monuments in southwestern Japan as a World Heritage site. (NHK)

The South Korean government has released rare video footage of Korean women forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II, the first time moving images have been shown of the “comfort women.” (Japan Times)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to strengthen their dialogue to improve bilateral ties.

The death toll from torrential rain in the southwestern Japanese region of Kyushu has risen to 15. At least 10 are still missing. (NHK)

Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday revealed that a woman in Saitama Prefecture had visited police stations in the capital multiple times to confess to killing her husband, but was turned away each time, reports the Tokyo Shimbun. (

Japanese actor Shu Nakajima, 69, has died after falling off the stage during a live performance in Tokyo, media reported Friday. (Japan Today)

More than 120 countries adopted the first-ever treaty to legally ban nuclear arms at a U.N. conference in New York on Friday. (Jiji)

More than 100 venomous fire ants were found in a container at the Port of Tokyo in an emergency survey after a fire ant was discovered in the same container on Thursday, the Environment Ministry said Friday. (Jiji)

Japan’s Imperial Household Agency said Friday it has decided to postpone the announcement of Princess Mako’s informal engagement to former university classmate Kei Komuro and other related events scheduled for Saturday, in view of serious damage caused by heavy rain in the northern part of the Kyushu region of southwestern Japan. (Jiji)

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