He counts the islands of Japan and discovers there are 7,000 more.

Japan discovered it had 7,000 more islands than he thought. A recent statement in the country found that their numbers were actually double what was previously known. The discovery took place thanks to the use of digital maps that allowed the exploration of 7,273 oases in the Sea of ​​Japan; this figure far exceeds the estimates of past studies dating back 35 years.

As CNN explained, digital mapping conducted by the Japan Geospatial Information Corporation (GSI) revealed a total of 14,125 islands; would only be 6,852.

How is such a difference possible? Given that they are scattered over an area of ​​370,000 square kilometers, often in an area regularly exposed to volcanic activity and extreme weather conditions, such a count is not as simple as it might seem. In a highly seismic archipelago like this, it is not unusual for new island formations to occur or for changes to occur in the area anyway.

It should also be noted that the last census dates back to 1987 and was made with paper maps and analog instruments, which are less accurate than the digital ones available today. That’s why in 2021 the Liberal Democrat Party asked for a new account, and this led to incredible numbers. The size criterion used for the census remained the same: all natural land areas with a circumference of at least 100 meters (330 feet), excluding artificially reclaimed land, are considered.

However, this week GSI highlighted that the important discovery did not include any land (or water) expansion of the country: given the region’s volcanic features, such a large number of new islands means that these are mostly very small formations of the region’s geological structures already considered. does not change size.

In addition, Tokyo’s claims over other territories currently attributed to Russia, such as the southern Kuril Islands and the Senkaku Islands currently under Chinese rule, go back to a conflict in WWII. Meanwhile, the country is also in dispute with South Korea over a group of islets known as the “Liancourt rocks”, which Seoul calls “Dodko” and Tokyo’s “Takeshima”. Both states have been demanding the right to impose their authority for years.

Source: Today IT

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