Se­cu­rity of the Oceans

SP's NavalForces - - EAST ASIA -

Ja­pan con­sists of five ma­jor is­lands and 6,847 smaller is­lands in the North Pa­cific ocean and ad­ja­cent seas and its ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone cov­ers ap­prox­i­mately 4.47 mil­lion square km which is about 12 times its land area, which places it sixth in the world in terms of the oceanic area that it con­trols. the to­tal land mass is 3,77,835 square km and coast­line is ap­prox­i­mately 35,000 km. thus it is im­por­tant for Ja­pan to project it­self as an oceanic state and fol­low a bal­anced ap­proach be­tween peace­ful and proac­tive devel­op­ment and use of the ocean, and the preser­va­tion of the marine en­vi­ron­ment. the Ja­panese cabi­net ap­proved in March 2008 the Ba­sic Plan on ocean Pol­icy, which stip­u­lates the pol­icy con­cern­ing var­i­ous mea­sures re­lat­ing to the oceans, with the ob­jec­tive of pro­mot­ing such mea­sures. this pol­icy is re­viewed pe­ri­od­i­cally and stip­u­lates in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and con­tri­bu­tion to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, wealth and pros­per­ity through ocean devel­op­ment and ex­ploita­tion, shift from a coun­try pro­tected by the ocean to a coun­try that protects the ocean, and ex­plo­ration of new fron­tiers. the new plan stip­u­lates the force lev­els re­quired

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