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Japan restricts land deals near strategic assets

New law mandates disclosure of foreign ownership for property near command centers

The U.S. military's Futenma air base in Okinawa: A Japanese bill seeks to tighten restrictions on deals for land near key military and civilian infrastructure.   © Kyodo

 TOKYO -- Japanese lawmakers early Wednesday passed legislation restricting purchases of land near defense force bases or other areas with national security implications.

The law, which seeks to prevent foreign owners from misusing such land, passed in an upper house vote with cross-partisan support.

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