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Five Eyes partner Japan to tighten controls on strategic land

New legislation will seek to know who buys property near bases and infrastructure

A U.S. Navy ship is seen docked in 2014 at Yokosuka naval base. Japan wants to better track land purchases around such facilities. (Photo by Tsuneyuki Kenmochi)

TOKYO -- Japan seeks to keep closer tabs on land purchases near facilities with national security implications under proposed legislation meant to prepare for greater intelligence-sharing with Western nations, Nikkei has learned.

A bill expected to go before the parliament next year would require buyers of land near such locations as the Yokosuka naval base in Kanagawa Prefecture, home to the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet, as well as Self-Defense Forces bases, to report the purpose of their purchase in advance.

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