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Realizing the Japan-Korea tunnel

We look forward to the governor's efforts to build momentum.

Councilor Takahira appeals to promote development at the prefectural assembly


Former prefectural assembly member Takahira (prefectural democratic government official's association) during a general question at the prefectural assembly held in June, talked about the ``Japan-Korea Tunnel,'' which runs from Karatsu City in Saga Prefecture to South Korea via Iki and Tsushima, as a ``China-led ``One Belt, One Road Policy.'' As Japan progresses, we must also raise our position in East Asia and create a road that connects us to the rest of the world.'' He emphasized the importance of constructing the tunnel, which will serve as an opportunity to connect China and Russia through high-speed railways and roads. appealed to sex.


The tunnel has a total length of about 270 km, with the section between Karatsu and Iki being about 20 km, the section between Iki and Tsushima being about 50 km, and the undersea section being 150 km. The International Highway Foundation is aiming to realize this as part of the International Highway Project.


Councilor Takahira said, ``If you are hearing this for the first time, it may seem unrealistic,'' and added that approximately 200,000 square meters of land has already been secured in Karatsu City, and an inclined shaft has been dug to a depth of approximately 540 meters. ▽We have also secured a 400,000 square meter site in the Aren district of Izuhara-cho, Tsushima City, and held the opening ceremony for the mine in September 2014.In Iki, we have also secured 30,000 square meters of land in Ashibe-cho, and we plan to open the mine by the end of this year. Report on the progress of the project, such as planning a ceremony.Furthermore, in order to promote understanding of the project, the foundation has set up a ``Japan-Korea Tunnel Promotion Prefectural Council'' in 32 prefectures nationwide, and plans to expand to 40 prefectures by the end of this year. Also introduced.


He also mentioned that a prefectural council had been set up in Nagasaki, and that the Tsushima City Council had adopted a written opinion requesting early construction in 2011, asking Governor Hodo Nakamura to actively work to build momentum to promote construction. I asked him if he had any thoughts.


In response, the governor said, ``If construction were to proceed, it would be a bilateral national project, and there would be various issues such as huge construction costs and technical problems.There are many uncertainties at the current situation. "The situation lacks concrete details. We need to closely monitor the country's movements," he said.

Representative Takahira said that the pipelines and high-voltage power transmission lines attached to the tunnel will enable the multilateral exchange of gas and electricity, and that the energy industry can be expected to develop, and that the markets for local industries in Nagasaki, Saga, and Fukuoka will also expand dramatically. ``We can also expect that Saga Prefecture's stance on the full standardization of the Kyushu Shinkansen will naturally change,'' he said, noting that a significant expansion is expected.


He also mentioned that the Kyushu Liaison Council for the Realization of the Japan-Korea Tunnel has been formed, and that many members of parliament and business circles are participating. I hope that the governor will take an active role as a politician in order to pave the way for the future."

(Nagasaki Kensetsu Shimbun July 4, 2017 issue)

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