Research and surveys on submarine mining deposits
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) funds fundamental research and surveys to determine the quantity of marine mineral resources in Japan's territorial waters and exclusive economic zones, such as submarine hydrothermal deposits, cobalt rich crusts and manganese nodules. These studies are also aimed to facilitate the development of production technologies specific to marine resources. These studies include comprehensive evaluation and verification not only on the availability of the technology, but also on its economic potential.
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