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Friday, 2nd September 2011
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Japan pegs high hopes on mountain peak

Japan is hoping its highest mountain peak will be approved by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a World Heritage cultural site by 2013.

The government plans to submit its application to UNESCO in a letter of recommendation suggesting that Mount Fuji and the ancient city of Kamakura should receive the honour, the Mainichi Daily reported.

The endorsement was made by the Council for Cultural Affairs on Thursday (September 1st).

Experts from UNESCO will then be expected to inspect the sites next summer before its committee makes a decision whether to approve the application or not.

Japan's previous attempt in 2003 was scrapped after Mount Fuji was found to have a serious problem with rubbish.

The Mount last displayed volcanic inclinations in the early 1700s, when it had its last eruption.

It lies 100 kilometres south-west of Tokyo and can be seen from the city on a clear day.

Posted by Graham McPherson