UNESCO has submitted a recommendation to Japan asking them to stop contacting them with new world heritage list submissions.
“Half of our staff are now devoted to dealing with submissions from Tokyo,” says UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.
Bovoka says many UNESCO employees are now proficient in the Japanese language.
“We learnt very quickly to say ‘sore wa chotto’,” says Bovoka.
UNESCO is now pleading with Tokyo to “just stop with the faxes”.
“Some of those fax machines they are using could be placed on the world heritage list,” says Bokova.
“We are currently in the process of trying to reject one they requested for UNESCO listing last year.”
Bovoka hopes some of the staff may be freed up once UNESCO officially completes adding the whole of Japan to the World Heritage List.