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Japan to prevent Chinese from conducting maritime research in territorial waters

  • January 14, 2020
  • , Yomiuri
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Tuesday’s Yomiuri wrote in its lead story that the GOJ has decided not to allow Chinese companies to conduct geographical research in Japan’s territorial waters in order to prevent China from using data on the ocean floor for military purposes. The GOJ will reportedly ask local firms to submit information on Chinese enterprises to which they intend to contract out maritime research for commercial purposes to check whether the plans raise national security concerns. According to the article, the government was alarmed when it learned last April that a Chinese company had been hired by a Japanese wind power generation operator to conduct research on the seabed off the coast of Akita where the Defense Ministry plans to install an Aegis Ashore platform. The project was reportedly canceled at the last minute due to the GOJ’s opposition.

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