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Japan eyes offshore wind farms beyond territorial waters

Sites in exclusive economic zones seen as vital to jump-starting domestic industry

An offshore windfarm is built off Nagasaki Prefecture. (Photo obtained by Nikkei)

TOKYO -- Japan is considering expanding locations of offshore wind farms from inside its territorial waters to the country's exclusive economic zone in a bid to jump-start the industry.

Currently, offshore wind farms are limited to territorial waters about 22 kilometers from the coast. This would be expanded to the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) located 200 nautical miles, or about 370 km, from the coast. Europe already has wind farms in EEZs.

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