Japan museum to be registered as World Heritage Site

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Tokyo, May 18 (IANS) The main building of Japan’s National Museum of Western Art is scheduled to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site in July.

Officials of Japan’s Cultural Affairs Agency on Tuesday said the International Council on Monuments and Sites, a UNESCO advisory panel, has recommended listing of the building, public broadcaster NHK reported.

The building, located in Tokyo, is the only structure that French architect Le Corbusier ever designed in Japan. He is recognised as the grand master of modern architecture.

Japan, France and five other nations had jointly nominated 17 works by Corbusier in their countries as a single entry on the World Heritage List.

The national museum is likely to be officially listed in July when the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meets in Turkey.

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