Chinese money is pouring into Hokkaido at a much greater scale than imagined. In his recent visit to the island prefecture, Basketball OTHER-0277,MY I / 70:55 P2 MATTED BLACK / SMOKE 70:55 P2Basketball kyrie-0084,, but a Chinese diplomatic source said he was just using the meeting as an excuse for touring the island.
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Man Max TP-0074,DC / CHINOOK 6 WINDSOR WINE EDYAA03021-RSR0Basketball James-0551,. The penetration of Chinese money into Hokkaido has been progressing quietly but steadily. Jordans 12-0113,VANS / CONDUCTOR II WEB BELT HEATHER SUITING VA31J2KH7Jordans foamposite-0100,, Chinese capital last year purchased more than 2,400 hectares of forestland and an estimated 4,000 hectares of land for solar power generation — together equivalent to the area encompassed by the Yamanote Line in Tokyo. No doubt, there are additional land purchases by Chinese money not reported to the government.
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Chinese investments are particularly active along the Pacific coast of Hokkaido, especially in the cities of Tomakomai and Kushiro, both equipped with port facilities.
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The eastern Hokkaido city of Kushiro, meanwhile, Man Max 95360-0049,ONE / FOREVER J-FIT FXFT BLACK 82658-001Basketball Rose-0121,. That body has never failed to send delegates to meetings of the Japan-China Friendship Association in places like Tokyo and Sapporo, MAN Max 2017-0006,GARAGE / G SNAPBACK GREYJordans 3--100,.
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China’s penetration is more clearly visible in the town of Shiranuka, which lies next door to Kushiro. High schools there have designated Chinese as a selective foreign language subject for second- and third-year students. Man Max 90-1029,VANS / HOME TEAM FLEXFIT HEATHER GREY V003MXHTGNike Free44-1025,.
Solar and biomass power plants run by Chinese companies abound in and around Kushiro and Shiranuka. Nike Free45-0687,BURTON / TINDER BP 25L TRUE BLACK MINI RIP 163371-018Jordans KID 11C-3y-0291,.
Resort facilities in Tomamu and Sahoro are well-known as instances of investments in Hokkaido by Chinese. The Tomamu resort was suddenly bought up by a Shanghai company 15 years ago and what used to look like a ghost town has developed a completely different face. But unlike other resorts,Basketball Kobe-0404,BURTON / KETTLE BP 20L WASHED BLUE 163361-412MAN Max 2016-0124,.
Thirteen years ago in May 2005, at a seminar on regional economic development held in Sapporo under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Man Max TP-0065,DC / BUNKER SOLID BP CHILI PEPPER ADYBP03000-RRD0Kid Max 2015-0007,, a Chinese businessman running language schools in Hokkaido spoke about increasing Hokkaido’s population to 10 million, Basketball OTHER-0180,DC / BACKSTACK CB BP DARK INDIGO EDYBP03130-BYJ0Man Max 90-0907,.
Man Air Max 2010-0072,DC / BUNKER SOLID BP SURF THE WEB / BLUE ADYBP03000-PRM0Kid free28-35-0198,. Although such a scheme was thought at the time to be absurd, Chinese are coming to Hokkaido today in large numbers. Although the land they have acquired may not be put to use immediately, Nike Free45-0648,EASTPAK / PADDED PAK'R® DOTS XI EK62017PNike Flyknit-0163,, water and other necessities,Basketball OTHER-0124,DC / SIMPSKI CINCH BAG DARK OLIVE ADYBT00005-CSN0Jordans KID 11C-3y-0273,.
China has seriously started thinking of turning Okinawa and Hokkaido, both well-suited for advance into the Pacific, Man Max UM-0033,EASTPAK / MACNEE INTO BLACK EK44B61KAir Force LOW-0290,. Although Hokkaido has strategic importance in navigation to the Arctic Ocean, nothing has been done about it so far, the diplomatic source added.Nike Free44-0826,VANS / DEANA III BP BLACK FLIGHT SATIN V0021MKKHBasketball Kids5-7-0055,.
What China is doing in Hokkaido is far from constructing strategic bases in foreign lands as part of its “One Belt, One Road” initiative to connect it to Europe. But China’s intention of slowly penetrating Hokkaido over a long period of time is clear. Beijing’s ideal outcome is to create a situation in which people in Hokkaido cannot move forward without relying on China, the diplomatic source said. Jordans 7-0058,VANS / REALM BP BLACK V00NZ0BLKJordans foamposite-0075,.
This is an abridged translation of an article from the May issue of Sentaku, a monthly magazine covering political, social and economic scenes. Man Max 90-0850,SUPRA / NO SHOW SOX 3*PACK BLACK SX0301-001Man Max TN-0105,Did John Bolton try to sink the Trump-Kim summit?