Japan Hits Snag over Relocation of Museum on Territory

Politics

Tokyo, Feb. 5 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is struggling to find a new site for its National Museum of Territory and Sovereignty, which must leave the current building in Tokyo by the end of March 2020.

The museum, which opened on Jan. 25 last year, displays documents, photographs and materials related to the Senkaku Islands in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa and the Takeshima Islands in Shimane Prefecture, western Japan.

The Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands are claimed by China, while the Takeshima Islands in the Sea of Japan are effectively controlled by South Korea.

The museum is currently housed in the Municipal Research Building in Chiyoda Ward.

The government has earmarked some 240 million yen in its draft budget for fiscal 2019 that starts in April in funds for the Cabinet Secretariat's Office of Policy Planning and Coordination on Territory and Sovereignty, including relocation costs.

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