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Defense Ministry hoping to continue discussions on purchase of Mageshima

  • May 9, 2019
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri
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Yomiuri said that although the owner of Mageshima has notified the Defense Ministry in writing that it will discontinue negotiations over the sale of the island, the ministry is aiming to continue the talks in the belief that the provisional agreement for its purchase for 16 billion yen ($150 million) that it sealed in January with the ousted president of the company that owns the islet is still valid. The daily added that the current president is the father of the former one.

 

Mainichi ran a similar story, saying that some MOD officials suspect that the notification of the discontinuation of negotiations is a tactic to gain the upper hand.

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