Re-registering property: The lie of the land

According to an article that appeared in the Asahi Shimbun last June, authorities are unsure of the title holders to 4.1 million hectares of land in Japan — in total, an area equivalent in size to the island of Kyushu. Though this problem has been evident at least since the 1980s, the government didn’t do anything about it until a few years ago when it appointed a group of scholars to study the matter. The group’s results were announced on June 26.

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