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Hashima (Gunkanjima, Battleship Island) became UNESCO’s World Heritage Site

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Hashima Island, commonly called Gunkanjima (Battleship Island) in Nagasaki got approved as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Hashima is one of the sites that illustrate the country’s industrial revolution during the 19th century.

It is known for its coal mines and their operation during the industrialization of Japan. Mitsubishi bought the island in 1890 and began the project, the aim of which was extracting coal from undersea mines. The required laborers were supplied from Japanese colonies during the industrialization of Japan.

Hashima Island – Wikipedia


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