South Asia and Beyond

Strategic Land Acquisition In Japan, China Style

Chinese-led foreign companies are buying up tracts of land around military bases in Japan, says local media reports. Around 700 such transactions have been recorded with Chinese funds being invested in highrise buildings that provide a bird’s eye view of Japanese and U.S. military bases. In at least one case, a purchase of land near the U.S. military base in Kanagawa Prefecture was traced to a buyer close to Beijing. Similar transactions have been reported on Okinawa island where the U.S. has a huge base, and in Totori where Japan’s Self-Defence Force has facilities.

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