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Japan to keep eye on land sales near bases, nuclear plants

New team to compile list of 600-plus sensitive facilities

An Air Self-Defense Force base on Miyako Island. Japan wants to prevent foreign actors from spying on or disrupting operations at sensitive facilities.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan has set up a dedicated team to monitor land sales near bases and nuclear plants or on strategically located islands, under a new law designed to thwart hostile foreign players from acquiring plots that affect national security.

Information on such land so far has been managed by different government agencies. The 30-person agency under the Cabinet Office will become the new central authority on which of these plots are important to Japan's national security and should be subject to tougher transaction rules.

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