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Japan nationalizes hundreds of orphaned islands

Five years ago, the Japanese authorities decided to nationalize 280 islands that are within the territorial waters of the country and in its exclusive economic zone. All these years, there was a search for people who belonged to islands of land - small in size, but increasing the rather modest size of the economic zone of Japan. The order of 100 islands were recognized as orphaned and in the near future will become the property of the state.

However, experts warn that due to some scraps of land, Japan may have serious disagreements with its neighbors. For example, a territorial dispute with China and South Korea could prevent the successful completion of the program. In 2012, China and Japan were unable to share an uninhabited, mineral-rich East China Sea archipelago. Then Japan nationalized the disputed Senkaku Islands (Chinese name Diaoyutai) and promised to defend their rights to them "using all available means."

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