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Focal Point on Deep-sea Resources

Rare-earth elements are key to number of growing technologies, including hybrid cars and wind turbines. Recent expeditions detailed large deposits of key resources in the deep seas of Japan’s exclusive economic zone. A Japanese government initiative is now developing brand new surveying, extraction and environmental monitoring technologies for never-before-mined ocean depths. However, Japanese researchers also underline the importance of developing the right environmental impact assessment tools and regulations.

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