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2008-07-09 Wed 10:25
While regrettable, the G-8 leaders Tuesday failed to agree on a clear commitment on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
But they called on other nations firmly , including China and India, to share the goal of slashing emissions by 50 percent by 2050.
The task of the G-8 turns to persuading emerging nations such as China and India to go along with the goal of the G-8 statement.
2008-07-09 Wed 00:00
Japan expressed disappointment Monday with UNESCO's rejection of Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture, as a World Heritage site.
The decision of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's World Heritage Committee was made Sunday in Quebec City.
Hiraizumi is a town located in Nishiiwai District, Iwate, Northern Japan.
It was the home of the Northern Fujiwara that were a Japanese noble family,ruling the Tōhoku region of Japan from the 12th to the 13th centuries.
During the 12th Century, they attracted a number of artisans from Kyoto and created their capital city, Hiraizumi.
They ruled over an independent region that derived its wealth from gold mining and horse trading.
They who believed in Buddhism deeply built the capital in the 12th century on the basis of Pure Land Buddhist philosophy.
. Hiraizumi was a political and administrative base in the Tohoku region and features Chusonji temple with Konjikido (golden hall) and Motsuji temple with Pure Land Garden, and other properties.