Canadian company Japan Gold has added two new projects in the Southern Kyushu province, expanding its epithermal gold exploration portfolio in Japan.

The Tobaru and Ohra-Takamine projects comprise alteration zones, as well as gold-silver mines in a prospective and relatively underexplored part of the province.

Together, the projects, which have been approved by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), comprise nine applications with a landholding of 3,028 hectares (ha).

With the approval, the company has earned the right to begin surface exploration on these projects.

Japan Gold chairman and CEO John Proust said: “We are pleased to acquire these new exploration projects in this world class gold-rich district of Japan.

“These new projects add significantly to our portfolio of high-quality exploration projects in productive and under-explored gold districts of Japan.”

“These new projects add significantly to our portfolio of high-quality exploration projects in productive and under-explored gold districts of Japan.”

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The projects bring the company’s portfolio to 69,505ha over 17 different projects on the three main islands of the country.

Located in the northern most part of the Hokusatsu-Kushikino mining district, the Tobaru project comprises four applications for a total of 1,347ha.

The company noted that no historic production was recorded at the project.

Comprising five application blocks, the Ohra-Takamine project covers an aggregate of 1,681ha over the Takamine-Urushi, Takamine and Ohra mines.

According to estimates, the Takamine-Urushi mine produced 13,000oz of gold between 1896 and 1916, while the Takamine mine produced 9,654t of ore with average grades of 5.1g/t gold and 28.3g/t silver.