[Seoul Union News]A person from the Korean Peninsula who was a Hashima coal mine (Gunkanjima) in Nagasaki City, which is included in the “Meiji Japan Industrial Revolutionary Heritage” registered as a World Cultural Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). A survey by international organizations such as UNESCO has reconfirmed that the Japanese government’s promise to introduce its history over forced labor has not been fulfilled. Based on this survey, the World Heritage Committee will express its strong regret to Japan and will soon adopt a decision to encourage the faithful fulfillment of its promises, and Japan’s response will be watched. On the 12th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea reported on the contents of a joint research team of UNESCO and its advisory body, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos), who visited the Industrial Heritage Information Center in Tokyo on the 7th to 9th of last month. It was revealed that it was posted on the website of the World Heritage Center. The Industrial Heritage Information Center, which Japan opened in Tokyo in June last year, displays materials such as Gunkanjima, but as a result of a joint research team’s inspection of this facility, a world that demands an accurate history of forced labor. It became clear that the Heritage Committee’s recommendations were not being implemented.The 60-page report of the study team concluded that Japan’s explanation strategy for “full history” after 1910 was inadequate. “Whole history” refers to the Meiji era, such as Gunkanjima. It means that industrial heritage is treated equally not only from the perspective of the Japanese but also from the perspective of victims such as forced recruitment workers from the Korean Peninsula. On the contrary, he pointed out that Japan’s measures to make it understandable that it was forced to work were insufficient. It is difficult to consider that Japan admitted that there was forced labor only by the exhibition at the Industrial Heritage Information Center. In addition, the report is appropriate for mourning the victims, as the location of the center is far from the industrial heritage and there is no suitable exhibition to mourn the victims of forced labor. He pointed out that he did not take any measures. It is insufficient compared to the model cases in the world such as Germany, which has a similar history, and it is necessary to have a continuous dialogue with the parties concerned such as South Korea. The “Draft Decision on Modern Industrial Facilities of Japan” to be submitted to the 44th World Heritage Committee, which will be held in the form of a video conference from the 16th, was also posted on the website of the World Heritage Center. The committee has already been submitted by the parties concerned. It is expected that this draft decision will be adopted without discussion on the 21st to 23rd, as it is summarizing the opinions. In this draft decision, Japan adopted the decision adopted by the World Heritage Committee in June 2018. The phrase “strongly regrets” for not fully implementing it was included. “It is extremely unusual for an international agency’s draft to include the phrase’strongly regrets’,” said a foreign ministry official. “It means that the international community has explicitly confirmed that the claim that the Japanese side has established an information center and promised to faithfully (fulfill) it is not correct,” he explained in the draft decision. It also includes content that urges the Japanese side to take measures to understand the facts and the recruitment policy of the Japanese government. The official said, “Japan will feel a considerable burden on such recommendations. “We will continue to urge Japan to fulfill its promises,” he said. However, even though Japan has not fulfilled its promises, it is possible to cancel the World Heritage registration because of insufficient facility conservation. The UNESCO position is that it is difficult to cancel the registration due to the explanation of the heritage. , Requests Japan to fulfill its promises and recommends that it submit a supplementary report by December 1, next year. In July 2015, the Government of Japan promised the international community to set up an exhibition facility to remember the victims of the recruitment, and 23 facilities including Gunkanjima were registered as World Heritage Sites. However, Japan’s performance report released in December last year revealed that Japan has not implemented the World Heritage Committee’s recommendation to properly convey the history of forced labor such as those from the Korean Peninsula. It became a ripple.