Ministry Eyes Compulsory Registration of Inherited Land


Tokyo, Feb. 8 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita said Friday his ministry is looking at legal revisions to prevent land from going unclaimed, including making registration of inherited land compulsory.

The ministry will on Thursday call on the Legislative Council, a panel that advises the justice minister, to study revision proposals and give advice, Yamashita told a press conference.

The ministry hopes to propose revisions to the Civil Code and other legislation to an extraordinary parliamentary session in 2020, following recommendations from the panel.

Growing amounts of unclaimed land have become a serious social issue in Japan. In typical cases, people who inherit land plots fail to register the change of ownership and the land's ownership thus becomes unknown.

A private-sector group estimated that Japan had some 4.1 million hectares of unclaimed land in 2016, which is larger than the landmass of Kyushu in southwestern Japan. In 2040, the figure is seen reaching some 7.2 million hectares, equivalent to 90 pct of Hokkaido, the northern main island.

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