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The Japanese built the island

April 23 2008

Japanese scientists plan to "ramp up" the island in the Pacific Ocean, to save the boundary of territorial waters for fishing craft. Up to 50,000 coral fragments will be transferred to the ocean water to the island Okinotorisima (Okinotorishima) in 1600 kilometers south of Tokyo, said with reference to the British newspaper The Telegraph news Vostok-Media.

The problem is that the island was "sinking." Now he rises above the water only 10 inches. If he eventually will disappear under water, the area of territorial waters for Japanese fishermen will be reduced many times over. Furthermore, Japan may lose the oil, gas and minerals, hidden beneath the sea floor.

Meanwhile, a project worth 3.6 million pounds sterling (about $ 7 million) face worsening relations with China, which does not recognize man-made islands and is not going away from this region.

"Okinotorisima considered the island since 1931" - Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tomohiko Taniguchi of Japan (Tomohiko Taniguchi).

Islands were discovered in 1789 by Captain William Douglas (William Douglas) furrowing the ocean on board the frigate Iphigenia (Iphigenia) and appeared on the charts in Britain long before both in Japan and China, learn about its existence.

Note that the creation of artificial islands to the Japanese is nothing new. Its services in this area of the country of the Rising Sun offers Russia to expand the territory and infrastructure in Sochi for the Olympics - 2014.

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