Island dispute dulls China land grab fears in Japan


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This is real nice! As Japan goes down the "economic" drain, the population withers and gets older and older, Hokkaido etc..will be taken over by Chinese with $$$$$ to burn! Thanks Suzuki Muneo!

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I welcome the Chinese. Land prices in the country-side are just ridiculously cheap. It is one thing if the Chinese are exporting Japanese resources but there is little evidence for this. It is another if they are just enjoying the beauty of rural Japan, which the Japanese do not seem to appreciate, enough to want to purchase rural real estate anyway.

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China has one of the worlds biggest problem to get water for its population. The water issue is bound to create big political problems in China over time. It seems only natural that every smart businessman and of course the government will try to get their hands on as much water resources as possible. Later on it will be worth gold. Considering the bad state of the economy in Japan it seems wise to sell the water to China, not the land and not the companies.

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Just as I thought. Chinese buyers. I just don't know what Ishii is after. With the price ¥1 yen per square meter...whew... it is not selling. It's giving it away. So where is the catch Ishii? Am sure it's not the commission right? Why sell it to foreigners especially to Communist Chinese. 10 square kilometers is big. As big as Guam. Sell it to JGovt better. And Btw, just an assumption, will the DOJ give permanent visa status for those foreign owners of the land they bought? If Hokkaido think of populating the area, build a tenement mansions for those willing to relocate affected by the March 11 disaster in Iwate and Tohoku. JT beat, please elaborate further about this real estate thing.

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Some Chinese buyers are not only interested in buying land with natural water/spring.

They want to buy land near to or mountains overlooking airports and airstrips in Hokkaido.... for future take-over of commando to land fighter jets.

Japanese should vote politicians who want Japan to be strong militarily again... not just at present which is just a mere maintenance.

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Broadcasters jumped on the issue, running stories that talked of how Chinese money was “targeting Japanese water” and buyers were “trying to conquer Hokkaido.”

So, fear-monging.

China has one of the worlds biggest problem to get water for its population. The water issue is bound to create big political problems in China over time.

It's absurd to think China will try to solve it's water problems by importing bottled water from Hokkaido.

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It is absolutely true that China have problem with fresh water supply. Due to industrialization, China has many environmental problems. They have raped their forest, river and fertile farmlands.Many Chinese feel Hokkaido is a Switzerland of Asia. PRC is insecure about food and fresh water supply. Hokkaido will become another Malaysia which is supplying fresh water to Singapore. Singapore got water from Malaysia with affordable price.

PRC is buying farms in Australia for their food security. They have been operating chop stick factory in US for Chop sticks security. PRC is buying mines in Africa for mineral security. PRC is buying teaks from Myanmar for furniture security. The reason of PRC buying spree in everywhere is insecurity about perfect dinner table. Feeding 1.3 billion people is an Herculean task.

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Feeding 1.3 billion people is an Herculean task.

That's just the problem isn't it? The government finds itself in a situation where it has to support all these people (and the military) lest it finds itself facing a revolution. Unfortunately to ensure it's own survival, it has to go about raping resources from everywhere to stave off the inevitable.

This can't possibly end well.

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CHINA --- Again?? Dear Hokkaido of Japan, if I were you, I'd take the land dispute as a lesson learned and never to trust Chinese businessmen no matter how much they offer nor how convincing their offer is, or even if you are that 100% confident in yourself. In case you are a book reader of the 48 Laws of Power: Law #2 states: NEVER put too much TRUST in FRIENDS. Speaking of business, you already know the attitude of China, so why bother dealing with them. Land grabbers.. pfft. Better yet just deal with the East Asian Nations like Vietnam, Myanmmar, The Philippines, Malaysia, and others.

yours truly, no-offense-just -a-concerned-citizen-and-a-fan-of-Japan

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This article falls into the stupid beyond belief category haha.......... Do these dim bulbs think that small or even large-ish land owners cxan just build dams, dig reservoirs, bottle ALL the water & takkyubin in to China!

Ditto for the lumber........................idiots!

All Japan has to do is use a few concepts that are used in other first world countries with great success, that is ZONING & BY-LAWS, create reasonable ones & your good.

This fear mongering in the article & by a few posters is priceless!

Oh & in my yard I have created several water features, small ponds, do I get a medal or something!

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In any case, in a little while, China will produce a map showing that Hokkaido has always been an inherent territory of China.

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Did not think foreign people could buy land in Japan.

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Yuri of course we can, I have as have many others

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GW learn something new every day. You do not have ordinary residence status? I am somewhat liberal in my views. I see legal residents of Japan as part of the community. I am only Japanese by law think of myself as Uchinanchu. SOFA people could be residents in waiting.

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I have PR but that is useful in getting a loan but all you need is to be able to pay for the land to do so

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