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Japan Coast Guard plane mobilized to survey islet near Hokkaido

  • August 21, 2021
  • , Sankei
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Saturday’s Sankei wrote that the Japan Coast Guard tapped a research airplane to conduct an aerial survey of a tiny island off the coast of Hokkaido that is on the verge of submerging to check whether it can continue to be a point marking the national border. The plane was mobilized since the status of the outcrop can no longer be verified using satellite photos. The daily said the agency will conduct similar aerial research on 20 other outcrops located at the border around the country since the last detailed surveys of their status were conducted more than half a century ago. It added that updating the data on those remote islands is critical for national defense in view of China’s aggressive maritime advancement.

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