Japan’s wind industry wants its government to open vast areas beyond its territorial waters in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for the deployment of floating turbines, as part of a package of urgent measures to scale up the nation's offshore wind power capacity.

Floating wind in the deep waters off Japan is seen as playing a potential key role in the country’s energy future, but the nation’s wind industry is concerned policies designed to kick-start the sector are limited by only applying to territorial waters, within 12 nautical miles (22 km) where full sovereign rights apply, and not to the EEZ, which stretches 200 nm from coastal baselines and confers rights to tap marine resources.