China Buys Japan Water Rights After Two-Decade Land Prices Slump

China Buys Japan Water Rights After Two-Decade Land Prices Slump

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Investor interest in Japan’s water resources comes amid global concern about future supply. The United Nations has warned that two-thirds of the globe may be “water-stressed” by 2015, while places such as India’s Rajasthan region have banned new bottling plants and breweries to conserve aquifers.