The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decided at a meeting in Krakow, southern Poland, this week to list the entire archipelago of Japan and nearby reefs in order to increase productivity and time efficiency.
“The recommendations are relentless – do you realize how much paperwork and facsimile correspondence we have to deal with from Tokyo?” UNESCO spokesman Carson Jarret said at a press conference.
“We added the nearby reefs as well just to be sure.”
UNESCO purchased around seven new fax machines in 2016 just to keep up with the requests coming in from Tokyo.
The UNESCO headquarters in Paris currently has a small army of staff manning the fax machines at any given time.
“The amount of time spent processing world heritage claims from Japan was just getting ridiculous,” says Jarrett.
UNESCO will be laying off around two thirds of its staff from next month.