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Published On: Mon, Jan 9th, 2017

Indonesia Gives Japan Green Light to Manage Island for Elderly Japanese

nsnbc : Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, has given the green light to Japan to manage the Indonesia Morotai Island as a rest area for senior Japanese citizens.

Mount Rani, Natuna Islands. Photo courtesy a-rabin, CC-2.0

Mount Rani, Natuna Islands. Photo courtesy a-rabin, CC-2.0

On Monday, January 9, 2017, Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan told the press that: “Japan has asked if they could be allowed to manage a certain island for its elderly persons. I told them it is okay to build a village there, but we will never sell it.”

Japan has cast its eyes on Indonesia’s Morotai Island in North Maluku province to develop it into a rest area for its elderly persons, Luhut said. He also said that he had offered Japan the opportunity to manage other Indonesian exotic islands and name the islands themselves.

Japan is in other words about to acquire what the State of Florida is for many senior U.S. citizens. A paradise for the elderly. However, rumors that Indonesia’s Morotai Island will be renamed as Geriatria are just that – rumors.

So far, some 4,000 Indonesian islands have not been named, he said adding that allowing Japan to name the islands does not mean the Indonesian government is selling the islands to foreign countries. He noted that:

“Some 4,000 islands do not have names. I told them they can name the islands themselves. It is not easy to name 4,000 islands. What is important is that the Indonesian government has registered them”.

It will not be a problem if foreign investors manage and name the islands, he said. He likened naming the islands to naming restaurants according to their owners desire. The Minister stressed that the name of the islands was a minor issue and that the most important point is that Indonesia maintains full sovereignty over the islands.

Senior Japanese residents could become a lucrative source of foreign currency, boost Indonesia’s economy, facilitate Indonesian infrastructure development and help create jobs.

CH/L – nsnbc 09.01.2016

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