Volcano to be world heritage site
Japan's Mount Fuji looks likely to win recognition as a World Heritage site.
The Agency for Cultural Affairs issued a notice saying it had received notification that Mount Fuji was recommended for World Heritage status by the International Council on Monuments and Sites, a body affiliated with Unesco.
Formal approval is expected in June at a World Heritage Committee meeting in Cambodia.
Mount Fuji would be Japan's 13th cultural World Heritage site.
The 3,776 metre (12,388 foot) volcanic peak is ringed by lakes, national parks, temples and shrines. It rises from the Pacific coast and is seen as a sacred part of Japan's cultural landscape.
About 300,000 people follow religious pilgrims of centuries past in climbing Mount Fuji each year, according to the Japan National Tourism Organisation, most of them crowding into a brief summer climbing season.