<Sub-commission 11~21>



Sub-commission No.11: Researches concerning the master plan of historical cities


Chief Commissioner: YAMAZAKI Masafumi
Inauguration: March 2009
Chief Commissioner substitution: OKADA Yasuyoshi

To accomplish the objectives described below, MAENO Masaru, SAZANAMI Hidehiko, OKASA Yasuyoshi and other 13 ICOMOS Japan members compose this commission. ICOMOS as consultative body of UNESCO accomplishes a decisive technical role for the evaluations submitted by all the member state, and for the examinations of problematic concerning the already inscribed World Heritage Sites. ICOMOS International, ICOMOS Japan and UNESCO, which have established the evaluation index and the examination standard, cooperate together as a technical specialized group, through the exchange of information and on-the-spot investigations. Particularly, in case of nomination of Japanese properties for inscription on the World Heritage List, competent organs and experts in charge have the possibility to express their opinion and suggestions on the matter. Among the tasks, there is the establishment a buffer zone related to the protection of the landscape, pivotal to designate the proper land use after being thoroughly employed in the deliberations of master plans by the various local authorities, as this is closely related to the development plans of each municipality This sub-commission, throughout the examination cities master plans, for a more appropriate system of landscape conservation, creates proposals for the creation of local self-governing bodies.



Sub-commission No.12:Research upon Industrial Cultural Heritage


Chief commissioner:ITO Takashi 
Inauguration: June 2010

In recent years, experimentations for the actual use of city planning, industrial landscape, and industrial cultural properties, are spreading in the whole country. However, without harming the historical value of the sites, how such properties should be preserved or made use of, still now varies greatly with each territory and is far from being uniformed in a shared policy.

Still, even in such cases where the industrial heritage value intrinsic in a facility still in use today is to be used as an element in a wider world heritage property, the differences between Japan and abroad concerning the current methods for its protection and preservation as well as those prescribed by the national law are being actualized and brought forth. Among the reasons why such a serious issue is occurring we can include the fact that, in Japan there is little or no experience in the protection and preservation of modernization era heritage sites such as industrial properties or technical heritage.

In this subcommittee, based on the current status of Japanese-national and foreign industrial heritage sites, while establishing necessary policies, we evaluate 1) Definitions and Characteristics of industrial heritage, 2) Value and Assessment of industrial heritage, 3) Correct preservation methods of industrial heritage, 4) Utilization of industrial heritage, and so on.



Sub-Commission No.13: Scenic Heritage & Setting


Chief Examiner: AKASAKA Makoto
Inauguration: June 2012

Considering the Scenic Heritage is not only about the conservation of it, also guarantying the conditions for the coming into existence of a scenic heritage is a priority, which this commission will handle from now on.

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Sub-commission No.14: Examination of the issues related to the inheritance and conservation of the 20th century architectures, that are considered as “living Heritage” (examination of the renewal plan for the Kyoto Kaikan)


Chief Examiner: KARIYA Yuga
Inauguration: September 2012
Present day chief examiner: YAMANA Yoshiyuki

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Sub-commission No.15: Underwater Cultural Properties


Chief Examiner: IKEDA Yoshifumi 
Inauguration: September 2013

With a view to the future ratification of the treaty on the protection of underwater cultural properties, and while keeping an eye on the Japan invitation from other international organizations to get engaged with this subject, the commission must investigate the following thematic areas: the definition of underwater cultural properties, of territorial waters, contiguous zones, exclusive economic zone, and the continental shelf. The properties located in international zones, inquiry and identification of the underwater cultural properties, conservation and practical use of the properties, research and teaching of the underwater archaeology.



Sub-commission No.16: Conservation Architect


Chief Examiner: YANO Kazuyuki
Inauguration: (?) 2016

Now, it becomes necessary to acquire a different mentality and to discover new technological directs, that differ from those we knew so far. Nowadays, it is also relevant to apply a new vision to the balance between actual usage and conservation of the cultural property. This commission researches the role and the functions of the “conservation or restoration architect” abroad, in order to promote the technical knowledge and the training of these professionals in Japan.



Sub-commission No.17: Bedrock and Foundations for the Cultural Heritage Preservation


Chief Examiner: IWASAKI Yoshinori
Inauguration: June 2016

The bedrock and foundations supporting Cultural Heritage Monuments, as one vital part of the architectural heritage, were clearly presented in the “I.5.3 Authenticity of foundation” as part of the “Annex I - Heritage Structures (to be left for future generations)” as a reference appendix at the time of revision of the international standard ISO13822 (Bases for design of structures- Assessment of existing structures), by ICOMOS, Iscarsas, which joined such activity (2005-2010).
Additionally, in Japan, foundations of ancient heritage sites, like ancient burial sites (Kofun), water reservoirs, etc. but also including stone bridges and stone ramparts are present in large numbers: a research committee was established to assess such properties from a Geophysics, Foundations engineering and Bedrock science standpoint.



Sub-commission No.18: Cultural Landscapes


Chief Examiner: ISHIKAWA Mikiko
Inauguration: June 2016

As cultural landscapes in Japan, mainly areas with farming grounds or historical landscapes have been nominated, however there is a total void on the Cultural Landscapes of urban settlements born during Japan’s modernization period.
Above all, the redevelopment of cities is thriving again and a big issue resides with the preservation and regeneration of the “Cultural Landscapes born in the modern era” in Tokyo, now that it was selected as the opening city for the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games.
Is based on the above premises that the “Cultural Landscapes Sub-committee” is being proposed for establishment: its purpose will be to conduct research on the preservation, regeneration of the following 2 regions as well as their promotion by the related authorities and agencies.



Sub-commission No.19:Reconstruction


Chief Commissioner: KONO Toshiyuki 
Inauguration: March 2017

There are many discussions concerning the reconstruction of historical sites damaged by either natural disasters or armed conflicts. The purposes for the reconstruction of these sites may vary considerably: during peacetime, governments can back the reconstructions of site for both touristic necessities and economic reasons; or, as in the Butan case, the enlargement and renewal of historical temples respond to the religious needs of the local community. The international ICOMOS, in order to deal with this complex circumstances, has settled project to analyze the cultural heritage sites which exemplify the diversity of this reality. In response to the International ICOMOS venture, also the ICOMOS Japan National Committee has decided to establish a sub-commission to deal with this topic.



Sub-commission No.20: Blue Shield


Chief Examiner: KANEFUSA Masuda 
Inauguration: June 2017

The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. The Blue Shield network consists of organizations dealing with museums, archives, audiovisual supports, libraries, as well as monuments and sites. National Blue Shield Committees have been founded in a number of countries, also in Japan. This commission can take part to the International Blue Shield Committee, and its role is to examine and discuss about the protection of national cultural properties at risk of destruction natural disasters.



Sub-commissions No.21: Hikone City/ ICOFORT


In fall 2018 the ICOMOS holds the annual International Scientific Committee for Fortification and Military Heritage (ICOFORT) in Hikone City (Shiga). The goal of this international assembly was the publication of a scientific report, which was approved this year (September 4-7) at the annual ICOFORT General Assembly. A long preparation work took place in Hikone, between the local authorities and the ICOFORT main office. For this purpose, ICOMOS Japan established this sub-commission as a working group to regulate and promote this event.



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