Japan May Nationalize Islands Without Owners, Yomiuri Says

Japan plans to research more than 400 islands in its territory to identify their names and proprietors, and may nationalize those that don’t have owners, the Yomiuri newspaper said, without saying where it got the information.

* Japan plans to finish research by the end of next year, Yomiuri says * The government will set up a meeting with the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice and Japan Coast Guard and others to help with the research, the paper said * Japan developed a plan in 2009 to maintain 99 islands in its exclusive economic zone: Yomiuri

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