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Japan dives for REEs in deep-sea muds

The seabed near Japan’s easternmost island in the Pacific Ocean contains enough rare earth elements (REEs) to provide a viable alternative to China’s dominance over the strategic metals underpinning the energy transition, delegates heard at a recent energy and climate tech conference in Tokyo.

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The southern seafloor of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) surrounding Minamitorishima - a coral atoll also known as Marcus Island - has an extremely REE-rich mud layer, according to Kato