Japan to Use Remote Isles as Bases to Guard Territorial Waters (News)
Tokyo, April 7 (Jiji Press)—The government on Friday adopted basic guidelines to utilize remote islands as Japan's bases for guarding its territorial waters and carrying out natural resource surveys.
Under the guidelines, adopted at a meeting of its Headquarters for Ocean Policy, the government plans to preserve remote islands near its border and revive economic activities there.
Specifically, the guidelines include a program aimed at increasing job opportunities on such islands, through new business promotion and other measures, in a bid to encourage more people to live there.
The government also said that of the 431 uninhabited islands near the border, it has nationalized 273 in 24 prefectures that did not have any owners.
The government hopes to manage remote islands in a stable manner, as China is increasing its own maritime activities.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]