LDP eyes bill to probe land owners

JIJI

The Liberal Democratic Party has drawn up a legislative outline to investigate people who own land related to defense facilities or on remote islands near Japan’s borders, officials said.

The ruling party plans to submit the legislation as a lawmaker-initiated bill when the Diet reopens next month, the officials said Thursday.

The LDP initially considered restricting foreign ownership of such land, but decided to launch field surveys first because such regulations could violate World Trade Organization rules, informed sources said.

The legislation is expected to allow administrative organizations to check ownership of land near important facilities, such as Self-Defense Forces bases and nuclear power plants.

If actual ownership is found to be different from the registered ownership, authorities would likely be allowed to order inspections and corrective measures, the sources said.