Japan just found 7,000 islands it didn’t know it had

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Japan has acknowledged its islands – and determined it has 7,000 extra than it formerly thought.

Digital mapping via way of means of the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) these days located there to be 14, one hundred twenty five islands in Japanese territory, extra than double the discern of 6,852 that has been in authentic use considering a 1987 record via way of means of Japan`s Coast Guard.


The GSI this week harassed that the brand new discern contemplated advances in surveying era and the element of the maps used for the depend – it did now no longer extrade the general place of land in Japan`s possession.

It stated that whilst there’s no global settlement on the way to depend islands, it had used the identical length criterion because the preceding survey 35 years ago.

 That entailed counting all clearly taking place land regions with a circumference of at the least a hundred meters (330 feet).

The new variety does now no longer consist of any artificially reclaimed land.
The islands surrounding Japan were on the coronary heart of numerous territorial disputes.

Japan lays declare to the Russian-held southern Kuril islands, which Tokyo calls the Northern Territories, a dispute that dates to the cease of World War II, while Soviet troops seized them from Japan.

Japan additionally says it has a historic declare to the uninhabited Senkaku Islands with-inside the East China Sea,

Which it presently administers, however China has time and again challenged that declare.

Meanwhile, Japan and South Korea continue to be locked in a extra than 70-yr dispute over the sovereignty of a collection of islets referred to as Dokdo via way of means of Seoul and Takeshima via way of means of Tokyo with inside the Sea of Japan, which Korea calls the East Sea.

CNN`s Junko Ogura contributed reporting.

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