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Foreign companies and individuals snapped up 158 hectares of Japanese forestland last year, according to a report released Friday by the Forestry Agency.

A combined 108 hectares was bought in Hokkaido in 10 deals, 44 hectares in Gunma Prefecture and 5 hectares in Okinawa through single transactions in each case, and 0.9 hectare in Kanagawa Prefecture in two purchases, the agency under the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said.

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