Japan’s latest ‘basic plan on ocean policy’ downplays the roles of conservation and oil and gas exploration in favour of security concerns, according to the Financial Times.
The previous version of the document focused on conservation of marine environments and production of methane hydrates, while the latest document focuses on improved radar coverage, satellite surveillance and measures to protect uninhabited islands.
The change is considered to be a response to China’s growing militarisation of the region’s waters.
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