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Japan plans to mine rare earth metals in Central Asia

Recently, geological prospecting was started by Japanese scientists in the former Soviet Union — namely, in Central Asia. Apparently, the start of production of rare earth metals (namely, those resources will be looking for geologists Land of the Rising Sun), another Asian power with deposits of CIS countries is not far off.

As you know, in today's world, technological progress is not possible without rare earth metals. These elements are used in many industries innovation, including — in the manufacture of electronic devices, televisions, mobile phones. Nedra Russia is quite poor in these minerals, but the Central Asian lands contain rare earth in abundance. For example, only in Kazakhstan on uranium ore deposits lie all fifteen rare earth elements. On the territory of Kyrgyzstan is famous Kuttisay field in which the Soviet Union produced more than 80% of rare-earth metals, among them the most popular — europium, yttrium, dysprosium, niobium, terbium.

Not so long ago it was reported that the investment infusion in the development of the Central Asian deposits of rare earths China began. Now Japan joins him. According to experts, raw state company of the country — «Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation» — is funding exploration work in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan (exploration is already underway) and Tajikistan. The total amount of its investment in this business for more than 700 million. Dollars.

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