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Japan spends nearly 150 million USD on buying desert islands to deal with China

The island, which the Japanese government paid for, will be used as Japan’s new military base, in its determination to protect the Diaoyu Islands, which Japan calls the Senkakus. This is also the focus of the Japanese territorial dispute with China in recent years.

The Japanese government recently completed the purchase of a deserted island, called Mageshima, located between Kyushu and Okinawa (Japan), for 16 billion yen (US $ 146 million).

Japan intends to develop the new island as a military base for the Japanese and American forces. Previously, the island was owned by a private company.

Mageshima is an island in the Osumi archipelago system of Japan. During the period near the end of World War II, there was an unimportant Japanese air base built on this island.

The military development plan on Mageshima island is part of Tokyo’s revised security doctrine. Japan is determined to protect its offshore islands, located in the southern region of the country, from the risk of escalating territorial disputes with China.

The Japanese government entered into a deal with Tokyo-based Taston Airport, in January 1919, to acquire Mageshima island, 8.2 km2 wide for 4.5 billion yen, owned by the company.

However, in May of this year, the deal was not possible when Taston Airport replaced the new chairman and asked for more money. The Japanese government had to agree to buy Mageshima island for 16 billion yen, after taking into account the amount of money Taston had invested in the island.

US military aircraft are currently not allowed to conduct flight operations at bases on mainland Japan, due to concerns about noise pollution. Therefore, aircraft from the US air base at Iwakuni, in central Japan, have to fly about 1,400km south to reach the base at Iwo To.

Mageshima Island is just 400km from Iwo To Island, making it an ideal location for the construction of a new base.

Tokyo also plans to relocate part of the U.S. military stationed in Okinawa to the new island, to reduce the inconvenience for local residents when affected by the noise, due to the presence of US troops.

There are hundreds of uninhabited islands off the coast of Japan, though the vast majority are small and lack the necessary infrastructure to support the lives of their inhabitants. However, there are also 40 other islands much larger, including the Senkakus Islands, which the Chinese call Diaoyu, in western Okinawa Prefecture – Japan. Currently, Japan is having territorial disputes at sea with China and Taiwan.

The Japanese parliament will consider approving a trade deal with the US

The Japanese government hopes that the National Assembly will pass this bill before the end of the 67-day meeting, which is expected to close on December 9 to complete the procedures before January 1, 2020 that America wants.

On October 15, the Japanese cabinet agreed on a bill to approve a new trade agreement with the US, paving the way for the agreement to be discussed in Congress.

The Government of Japan hopes that the National Assembly will pass this bill before the end of the 67-day meeting, which is expected to close on December 9, to complete the procedures before January 1, 2020, which is the term that the US wants the deal to take effect.

According to Kyodo news agency, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to explain the trade deal with the US in Congress. It is likely that parliamentarians will focus on the potential impact of this agreement on the Japanese economy and whether this agreement is in compliance with the provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) or is not.

The bilateral trade agreement between Japan and the United States was signed on October 7. Prime Minister Abe said that the deal protects Japan’s national interests. He affirmed that the agreement would benefit Japanese consumers, manufacturers, workers and all people.

Earlier, at a sideline meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump announced that the two sides had reached a bilateral trade agreement to Reduce taxes on agricultural and industrial products.

Accordingly, Japan will reduce import duties on US $7 billion of US agricultural products, including wheat, barley, beef and pork. In return, the United States reduced import duties on $40 million of Japanese farm produce and eased its duty-free import quotas on beef. This agreement does not cover the automotive sector.

According to the Japanese government, the reduction of tariffs on American goods will give people access to products such as beef, pork, cheese and wine at lower prices. In return, in order to mitigate the impact of this agreement on domestic farmers, the Abe administration plans to take measures to improve competitiveness before the agreement comes into effect.

It is likely that opposition party parliamentarians in Japan will focus on the nature of the US tax-related deal imposed on Japanese exports. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, who is also the head of the trade negotiation delegation with the US, said the two sides would continue to negotiate on automotive tax issues in the context of the automobile industry is witnessing the development trend of the car. electric and auto vehicles.

Currently, the US is applying a 2.5% tax on Japanese cars.