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Extreme social distancing: Private island sales spike in pandemic

Mountain land deals also on the rise as Japanese look for ultimate getaway

An uninhabited Okinawan island up for sale: A Tokyo broker reports an uptick in sales of such properties.

TOKYO -- Social distancing has become the norm during the coronavirus pandemic, but one Tokyo entrepreneur took the idea a step further than most.

Yoshihisa Midorikawa needed just one visit to decide to buy a small, uninhabited island off the shore of Japan's Ise-Shima, the site of the 2016 Group of Seven summit.

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