Japan surveying border isles to protect maritime interest, security


Japan has started surveying border-area islands, whose owners and usage often remain a mystery, to maintain its territorial waters and far-flung locations in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

  • By SATOSHI OKAMOTO/ Staff Writer
  • The Asahi Shimbun

Many of these outlying islands serve as fiducial points to mark the boundaries of territorial waters and the EEZ.

Take 3cGovernment officials also hope that updated, detailed information on ownership and usage will help protect against intrusions, occupations and…

Japan has the world’s sixth largest EEZ, including its territorial waters, with 525 islands and islets around its borders, 465 of which are…

However, the owners…

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