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Unclaimed land in Japan equivalent to size of Taiwan

Properties left abandoned for generations after owners die

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The mountain village of Nagoro on the island of Shikoku, has been hit hard as inhabitants flock to cities for work and leaving mostly pensioners behind. Its greying community is a microcosm of Japan, whose population has been falling.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Land equivalent to the size of Kyushu, one of the four main islands that constitutes Japan, is currently unclaimed, an expert study group said in a report, after reviewing several government surveys on property registrations across the nation.

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