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Diet Enacts Law to Preserve Japan's EEZ
Source: japantoday.com/
Source Date: Thursday, May 27, 2010
Country: Japan
Created: May 31, 2010

A bill for port improvements by the state instead of local authorities on Japan’s key outliers such as the southernmost and easternmost islands became law Wednesday to help preserve Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Slated to take effect within three months after promulgation, the new law is aimed at protecting Japan’s interests in the EEZ at a time when China and other parties interested in the area claim that Okinotori Island is nothing but a rock.

The legislation, which passed the day’s plenary session of the upper house of the Diet, stipulates that the state should build and manage ports on specific outliers that serve as base points for the nation’s EEZ, while such works are usually undertaken by local governments. Okinotori and Minamitori islands, both under the jurisdiction of the Tokyo metropolitan government, are expected to be designated such islands by a government ordinance.
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