Heritage title for Japan industry sites draws mixed reaction

Heritage title for Japan industry sites draws mixed reaction

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials have expressed elation over the approval by the U.N. cultural body of world heritage status for 23 historic sites reflecting the country's transformation into an industrial power at the end of the 19th century.

But the reaction over the UNESCO World Heritage Committee's decision drew mixed reactions Monday from neighboring China & South Korea, whose citizens were forced to work at some of the sites before & during World War II.

South Korea welcomed Japan's agreement to acknowledge its history of forced labor at the sites, which include a former coal mine on a fortress island off Japan's southwest coast, a major steel mill still in use & shipbuilding facilities.

p>China's official Xinhua News Agency, however, cited the country's UNESCO envoy as questioning Japan's recognition of that past.

Source: “Associated Press”