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Japan radar and missile sites among 600 areas eyed for investment curbs

Tokyo to enhance national security by protecting vital locations from foreign buyers

A Patriot missile battery is deployed in Tokyo during heightened tensions with North Korea.  (Photo by Yoshiyuki Tamai)

TOKYO -- Japan's government has begun weighing sites for new restrictions on land transactions involving foreign buyers, a task expected to span roughly 600 defense installations as well as areas around nuclear power plants and other vital infrastructure.

Site designations will begin in fall 2022, with the first round to focus on those with the highest national security value.

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