A bastnaesite mineral containing rare earth. Photo: ReutersA bastnaesite mineral containing rare earth. Photo: Reuters
A bastnaesite mineral containing rare earth. Photo: Reuters

Japan moves to secure rare earths to reduce dependence on China

  • Tokyo to help Japanese firms obtain stakes in overseas mines and increase stockpile of the minerals, vital to the technology and defence industries
  • China’s previous moves to restrict exports of rare earths and the disruption to supply chains caused by the coronavirus have prompted Japan to act

Topic |   China-Japan relations
A bastnaesite mineral containing rare earth. Photo: ReutersA bastnaesite mineral containing rare earth. Photo: Reuters
A bastnaesite mineral containing rare earth. Photo: Reuters
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