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Japan looks to expand its territory
AFAR
7/17/2003

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Japan's government hopes to secure control of the Western Pacific seabed just off Japan's continental shelf. The seabed, much larger in size than Japan itself, contains a vast expanse of underwater natural resources including the elements manganese and cobalt and even natural gas deposits. If it can obtain official recognition from the United Nations, Japan will begin underwater explorations and drilling projects to tap into the natural resources.

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