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May 07, 2018 – Vancouver, BC – Japan Gold Corp. (TSX-V: JG) (OTCQB: JGLDF) (“Japan Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to report results of surface prospecting and mapping over the historic Kitano-o Gold District. The Kitano-o Gold District is located in the center of the Company’s 19,114 hectare Ikutahara Project in North Hokkaido, Japan, Figure 1. Results highlight the presence of high-grade gold mineralization in grab samples taken from historic mine dumps and workings.

The Kitano-o Gold District includes the historic Kitano-o, Ikutahara, Showa mines and the Sakinzawa workings. Japan Gold work in the district has focused on geological and alteration mapping and geochemical sampling to develop an understanding of the controls on epithermal gold-vein mineralization. The company has designed an aggressive scout drilling program to test these targets in the 2018 field season.

Rock Sample Results Summary

Assay results were received for 270 selective grab and chip samples collected from mine dumps, workings and outcrops over the Kitano-o Gold District. Sample locations and significant gold results (>1 g/t Au) are presented in Figure 2 and Table 1.

Kitano-o Mine: One mine dump sample from the western area of the Kitano-o mine workings gave a high gold result of 54.4 g/t Au. Eight other mine dump and outcrop samples returned gold results ranging from 1.01 to 8.59 g/t Au, (refer to Table 1). Corresponding silver results are generally low and range from 1.16 to 13.2 g/t Ag.

Ikutahara Mine: Two mine dump samples from the Ikutahara workings returned high gold results of 37.3 g/t Au and 35.3 g/t Au. Seven other mine dump samples returned gold results ranging from 2.21 to 9.03 g/t Au. Corresponding silver results are generally low and range from 2.71 to 35.5 g/t Ag.

Showa Mine: Five mine dump samples from the Showa workings returned high gold results of 93.3 g/t Au, 36.4 g/t Au, 19.35 g/t Au, 18.20 g/t Au and 17.6 g/t Au. These samples contain visible electrum/free gold disseminated in thin comb quartz veins, (refer to Table 1 and Figures 3 and 4).  Nine other samples returned gold results ranging from 1.31 to 6.39 g/t Au. Corresponding silver results are generally low and range from 1.6 to 22.9 g/t Ag.

Sakinzawa Workings: Three outcrop samples of quartz stockworked rhyolite in the Sakinzawa creek returned gold results ranging from 1.34 to 17.2 g/t Au, (refer to Figure 5), supporting a reconnaissance outcrop sample of 43.8 g/t collected in 2013. Corresponding silver results are generally low and range from 2.56 to 15.85 g/t Ag.

Geological mapping completed by the Company over the Kitano-o Gold District has confirmed the presence of a significant gold-bearing epithermal system hosted in Late Miocene rhyolitic volcanics and associated intrusions. The presence of widespread silica sinter boulders and bedded sinter outcrops at Kitano-o, (refer to Figures 2 and 6) define the paleo-surface during gold deposition and importantly the well preserved nature of the epithermal mineralisation in the district.

Rock chip results reflect gold and silver grades from historic mine records and confirm the presence of high-grade mineralization in the district. The presence of high-grade material in mine dumps is also supportive of mineralization being open at the time of mine closure.

John Proust, Chairman and CEO of Japan Gold, stated: “The significance of newly identified sinter outcrops at Kitano-o underlain by historically mined eluvial gold deposits and sub-sinter quartz veins along with confirmatory high-grade samples reported by us here underscore the compelling nature of these prospects and the potential to discover additional mineralization beneath and surrounding these extensive historic workings. A drilling program to test the Kitano-o Gold District has been prepared in anticipation of applications being granted and subsequent approvals for drilling this year.”

Historic Kitano-o Gold District

The historic Kitano-o Gold District consists of four known historic eluvial and hard rock gold mines and workings; Kitano-o, Ikutahara, Showa and Sakinzawa over an approximate 6 kilometre by 2.5 kilometre area. The district is highlighted by an extensive co-incident gold-arsenic-antimony mercury anomaly in stream sediment samples over the area.

Historic production from the Kitano-o mine (96,540 ounces at a grade of 5.9 g/t)7 was largely from rich residual surface gold deposits (gold-bearing eluvium). Lesser gold production is reported from selective hard rock mining of narrow sub-sinter quartz-adularia-clay veins and stockworks hosted in extensively altered rhyolitic volcaniclastics, flow-domes, lake sediments and silica sinter deposits. Production records sourced for the Ikutahara and Showa mines are include the following:

Historic Gold and Silver Production Records for the Ikutahara and Showa Mines1.

Mine Tonnes Gold g/t Silver g/t Operating Years Source
Ikutahara

 

96,812 5.2 40.6 1934-1943 MMAJ, 1990
  216 35.6 Not recorded 1960-1961 MMAJ, 1990
Showa 12,323 16.8 7.8 1934-1943 MMAJ, 1990

In the late 1980’s MMAJ (Metals Mining Agency of Japan) conducted exploration over the Kitano-o Gold District and surrounding area as part of a metallogenic study of the region. Their work included geological mapping, gravity and CSAMT geophysical surveys, a low-density regional soil geochemical survey, petrological studies, age dating and culminated in the drilling of two vertical diamond holes testing geophysical targets.

The MMAJ work defined a large shallowly eroded epithermal system encompassing the Kitano-o Gold District, documented a close relationship between gold mineralization and rhyolite intrusions and provided valuable information on the depth to basement rocks (up to 700 m).

The hard rock mine workings at Ikutahara and Showa, at the southern end of the Kitano-o Gold District, are defined by a series of collapsed tunnels and large mine dumps distributed along a north-northwest trending ridgeline.

The mine workings at Kitano-o are represented by numerous shallow diggings, pits, sluicing benches, and collapsed tunnels distributed over a 2.5 kilometre by 0.4 kilometre east-west alignment of altered conical hills and curve-linear ridges.

Historic reports and papers written on the Kitano-o mine workings1,2,3 indicate that free gold was won from rich eluvial placer deposits described as a yellow-brown clay-sand-boulder soil overburden (“Dosha-ko” ore). The auriferous eluvium averaged about 5 m thickness (max. 15 m thick) with a reported gold grade of about 5 g/t Au (max. 40 g/t Au) in the most productive areas. The dosha-ko gold deposits were formed by the disintegration and oxidation of the underlying hydrothermally altered mineralized bedrock under freezing-and-thawing cold-climate conditions (“cryogenic weathering”)2.

Multiple narrow gold-quartz veins (>130) were reportedly worked beneath and surrounding the auriferous eluvium, however, mine records on the depth of mining of the veins is sparse. The veins varied in width from <1 to 30 cm and thicker mineralised veins were only rarely encountered. Strike-lengths varied from several metres to several 10’s of metres and veins longer than 100 metres were rarely encountered. Several types of mineralised epithermal veins were reported in the district; banded quartz-chalcedony-adularia veins (Figure 7), fine-grained crystalline quartz veins, clay-rich veins and a late-stage porcellaneous clay veins1, 2.

The Sakinzawa workings are located at the northern end of the Kitano-o Gold District. Alluvial and colluvial gold was worked along Sakinzawa creek and its broad floodplain during the 1930’s, however, there are no production records. Small hard rock gold workings on quartz breccia and stockworks have also been found along Sakinzawa creek and on the western flank of Maruyama peak, which is a prominent rhyolite flow-dome landform.

MMAJ and the NICAM Joint Venture (Nissho Iwai Corp/Austpac/MIM) carried out exploration work on Sakinzawa creek and Maruyama ridge in the 1990’s. This work included geological mapping, ground geophysics (CSAMT), trenching, RC drilling and one diamond drill hole by MMAJ.

Trenching in Sakinzawa creek exposed a 100m x 300m zone of silicified, brecciated and quartz veined mudstones and rhyolitic volcanic rocks beneath shallow colluvium and returned highly encouraging channel-chip results including 9 m at 24 g/t gold and individual 1 metre samples ranging from 15 to 109 g/t Au4.

The 300 m vertical diamond hole (2MAHB4) drilled by MMAJ on Maruyama ridge intersected silicified mudstone-sandstone-volcanic breccia to 140 m depth containing minor narrow quartz veins assaying up to 2.3 g/t Au1. This is a useful stratigraphic hole but a poor test of the gold target.

Ikutahara Project Overview

The Ikutahara Project comprises 56 prospecting rights application blocks covering an area of 19,114 hectares underlain by prospective Miocene-Pliocene age volcano-sedimentary rocks and older meta-sedimentary basement rocks.

Multiple gold-silver and mercury prospects, including 17 documented historic mines and workings, are located within the project area and the majority comprise epithermal veins, with other hot spring related features such as hydrothermal breccias and silica sinters.

The prospects were discovered and intermittently mined between 1910 and 1943. Gold mining in Japan was suspended 1943 under a government regulation aimed at focusing resources to more strategic commodities during World War II. Many of the historic workings that were active in the area stopped in ore and never reopened. The project area has seen only minor exploration since that time.

References

1  Metal Mining Agency of Japan, March 1990, Geological Survey Report for Fiscal Year 1989,  Northern      Hokkaido Area B – Metalliferous Deposits Overview.

2  Watanabe, M (1940). Showa – Kitano-oh type gold deposits, J. Japan, Assoc. Min. Petr. Econ. Geol. 23: pp. 28-39 (in Japanese).

 Maeda, H. (1996). Relationship between volcanic activity and epithermal gold-silver mineralization: Example from Kitano-oh mine area and vicinity in Kitami metallogenic province, Hokkaido, Japan, Resource Geology 46 (5): pp. 279-285.

4 Austpac Gold NL company reports 1992-1993

5 Watanabe, Y (1996). Genesis of Vein-hosting Fractures in the Kitami Region, Hokkaido, Japan, Resource Geology, 46(3), pp 151-166.

Gold Mines in Japan, The Mining & Materials Processing Institute of Japan, 1990.

Garwin, Hall, Watanabe, 2005. Tectonic Setting, Geology, and Gold and Copper Mineralization in Cenozoic Magmatic Arcs of Southeast Asia and the West Pacific, Economic Geology 100th Anniversary Volume, pp. 891–930.

Qualified Person

The technical information in this news release has been reviewed by Japan Gold’s President & Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Mike Andrews, PhD, FAusIMM, who is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

Sampling

The samples reported herewith represent selected grab samples collected from historic mine dumps or selected chip samples collected from rock exposures found in historic mine adits and rock outcrops found in creeks. The selected grab samples reported in this announcement are believed to originate from the underlying bedrock. Grab samples are selected samples and are not necessarily representative of the mineralization hosted on the property. Rock sample preparation and assaying were done by ALS Chemex, Guangzhou, China. Gold was analyzed by 50-charge Fire Assay and AAS finish. 48 multielement analysis including silver were done by four-acid digest and ICP-AES/MS determination.

The laboratory inserts its own blank, standards & sub-split pulp duplicates for Quality Control and reports these results accordingly. Results fall within acceptable levels of accuracy and precision.

Twelve pulps from a selection of high-grade and low-grade gold results were sent to ALS Chemex, Townsville, Australia for external gold check analyses. The external gold results repeat well and show a strong correlation (>0.9) with the original gold results.

 On behalf of the Board of Japan Gold Corp.

“John Proust”

Chairman & CEO

About Japan Gold Corp.

Japan Gold Corp. is a Canadian mineral exploration company focused solely on gold and copper-gold exploration in Japan. The Company holds 32 prospecting rights and 178 prospecting rights applications accepted in Japan for a combined area of 69,505 hectares (695 square-kilometres) over 17 separate projects. These prospecting rights and applications cover areas with known gold occurrences and a history of mining, and are prospective for both high-grade epithermal gold mineralization and gold-bearing lithocaps, which could indicate the presence of porphyry mineralization. Japan Gold’s leadership team has decades of resource industry and business experience, and the Company has recruited geologists and technical advisors with experience exploring and operating in Japan. The Company completed an initial scout diamond drilling program on a high-grade epithermal gold vein target at Akebono Prospect in late November 2017. More information is available at www.japangold.comor by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Cautionary Note

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as such term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. 

This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to expected or anticipated future events and anticipated results that are forward-looking in nature and, as a result, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, such as general economic, market and business conditions, competition for qualified staff, the regulatory process and actions, technical issues, new legislation, uncertainties resulting from potential delays or changes in plans, uncertainties resulting from working in a new political jurisdiction, uncertainties regarding the results of exploration, uncertainties regarding the timing and granting of prospecting rights, uncertainties regarding the Company’s ability to execute and implement future plans, and the occurrence of unexpected events. Actual results achieved may vary from the information provided herein as a result of numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors.

Figure-1-Ikutahara-map-1024x1024.jpgFigure 1: Ikutahara Project: Prospecting Rights and Applications and Historic Mines and Workings on Regional Geology

Figure-2-District-map-714x1024.jpgFigure 2: Kitano-o Gold District, Significant Gold Results from Surface Rock Sampling on Simplified Geology

Table 1: Ikutahara Project: Kitano-o Gold District Significant Rock Chip Results (>1 g/t Au)

Prospect Sample No. Sample Type Au g/t Ag g/t Hg ppm As ppm Sb ppm Se ppm Te ppm Tl ppm Cu ppm Pb ppm Zn ppm Mo ppm
Ikutahara SAM01893 Dump 37.3 35.5 2.82 28.9 16.6 2 0.26 2.99 3.6 7.2 4 3.11
Ikutahara SAM02216 Dump 35.3 26.3 4.37 74.2 23.9 2 0.41 3.3 6.5 6.5 6 1.4
Ikutahara SAM01889 Dump 9.03 24.4 8.41 30 40.1 4 0.11 0.44 2.5 5.7 3 4.83
Ikutahara SAM01888 Dump 7.47 3.87 2.76 60.2 37.3 1 0.19 0.32 3 7.5 4 2.87
Ikutahara JG0011 Outcrop/Adit 6.08 6.67 tba 48.7 13.75 <1 0.12 0.41 4 14.5 7 4.68
Ikutahara SAM01897 Dump 3.99 7.41 8.39 855 27.4 5 <0.05 0.31 23.4 56.9 35 5.07
Ikutahara SAM01886 Dump 2.59 2.71 2.04 24.5 7 1 0.12 0.88 3 8.6 7 1.62
Ikutahara SAM01891 Float 2.46 7.24 3.4 71.3 20.4 2 0.07 0.31 2.9 4.6 5 4.1
Ikutahara SAM02006 Float 2.45 5.52 0.584 14.6 13.9 <1 <0.05 0.29 0.7 0.7 2 3.73
Ikutahara SAM01892 Float 2.21 5.97 4.77 40.6 14.5 <1 <0.05 2.97 7.5 8.6 8 2.28
Ikutahara JG0017 Outcrop 1.04 2.61 4.16 593 21 2 <0.05 0.08 17.2 25.1 20 3.7
Showa SAM01867 Dump 93.3 17.4 5.74 2 21.4 <1 <0.05 <0.02 0.5 9.7 <2 2.75
Showa SAM01866 Dump 36.4 11.6 4.75 1.2 12.45 1 <0.05 <0.02 0.5 18.4 <2 2.35
Showa SAM01894 Dump 19.35 8.49 3.57 1.7 11.05 1 <0.05 <0.02 0.9 10.9 2 2.12
Showa SAM01858 Dump 18.2 19.3 7.14 1.1 21.4 <1 <0.05 0.02 0.5 5.4 <2 1.7
Showa SAM01842 Dump 17.6 22.9 15.43 <0.2 16.35 1 <0.05 0.02 0.9 3.2 <2 4.04
Showa SAM01857 Dump 6.39 11.1 13.07 <0.2 16.65 4 <0.05 0.02 0.6 12.9 <2 2.94
Showa JG0081 Outcrop/Adit 5.26 3.32 tba 7.7 18 3 0.12 0.04 0.6 21.4 2 2.03
Showa SAM02210 Outcrop/Adit 4.43 1.99 2.11 1.7 11.95 0.5 0.05 0.03 0.3 19.3 1 2.1
Showa SAM02211 Outcrop/Adit 3.05 1.6 2.17 1.9 12.4 0.5 0.05 0.03 0.7 15.7 1 0.98
Showa SAM01856 Dump 2.74 6.13 14.24 <0.2 9.58 1 <0.05 0.03 0.7 13.4 <2 2.92
Showa SAM01865 Outcrop 2.7 7.11 12.41 2.1 14.8 1 <0.05 <0.02 0.7 14 <2 3.47
Showa SAM01861 Float 1.76 2.37 0.883 0.5 7.79 <1 <0.05 0.02 0.5 6.8 <2 0.76
Showa SAM01860 Float 1.63 11.4 61.2 <0.2 12.35 17 <0.05 0.02 0.6 5.3 <2 1.51
Showa SAM02209 Outcrop/Adit 1.47 1.73 22.7 8.6 24.4 3 0.2 0.04 3.8 33.2 2 3.56
Showa JG0080 Outcrop 1.39 0.41 2.31 0.8 8.51 <1 <0.05 <0.02 0.2 54.2 <2 1.4
Showa SAM02189 Dump 1.31 13.8 11.1 73.1 27.6 2 0.23 0.17 8.7 6.8 2 9.45
Showa JG0079 Outcrop 1.21 3.09 2.76 2 14.8 1 <0.05 0.02 0.4 15.6 3 0.96
Kitano-o JG0069 Dump 54.4 6.99 tba 694 52 3 10.3 0.02 15 26.4 7 5.33
Kitano-o SAM02155 Dump 8.59 3.45 0.393 314 14.35 1 0.05 1.21 8.4 2.8 4 2.67
Kitano-o SAM02115 Outcrop/Bench 5.78 13.2 0.096 78.5 9.12 1 <0.05 1.29 2.3 19.8 3 1.69
Kitano-o JG0077 Dump 3.09 28.7 0.992 51.9 15.95 1 0.08 1.63 5.8 12.5 7 2.6
Kitano-o SAM02175 Dump 3.02 3.13 2.91 890 60.5 5 5.06 0.04 12.4 24 7 4.56
Kitano-o JG0078 Outcrop 1.74 4.15 2.05 47.2 20.3 <1 3.26 3.45 1.8 5.2 4 1.37
Kitano-o SAM02117 Dump 1.6 4.78 10.5 3 15.5 1 <0.05 0.07 0.9 12.1 7 1.52
Kitano-o SAM02120 Dump 1.29 1.16 2.57 29.7 35 <1 <0.05 0.04 1.3 4.9 3 1.92
Kitano-o SAM02156 Dump 1.27 0.62 0.292 97.6 8.91 1 0.05 0.55 2.5 2.2 2 2.54
Kitano-o SAM02171 Outcrop/Adit 1.22 1.96 0.574 88.7 15.55 2 <0.05 1.79 3.3 11.4 6 2.86
Kitano-o JG0018 Outcrop 1.17 1.27 0.191 60.4 17.15 1 0.1 2.57 4.7 12.9 3 1.9
Kitano-o JG0064 Outcrop 1.03 8.21 5.19 347 36.3 2 <0.05 1.7 6.5 34.4 23 6.51
Kitano-o SAM02149 Dump 1.01 7.86 2.89 139.5 43.2 2 3.33 0.16 4.9 17 11 6.47
Sakinzawa 50004 Outcrop 43.8 27.2 0 282 19 0 0 10 3 7 6 6
Sakinzawa SAM02069 Outcrop/Creek 17.2 15.9 0.231 452 20 3 <0.05 7.84 7.4 9.5 5 5.77
Sakinzawa SAM02058 Outcrop/Creek 4.34 2.56 0.067 43.7 136 1 <0.05 2.72 2.8 7.4 20 2.99
Sakinzawa 50001 Outcrop 1.53 6.7 0 356 35 0 0 10 3 4 5 7
Sakinzawa SAM02071 Outcrop/Creek 1.34 3.24 0.049 116.5 17 2 <0.05 7.82 2 3.7 2 3.91
Sakinzawa 50007 Outcrop 1.22 2.8 0 258 24 0 0 10 3 7 4 8
Sakinzawa 50003 Outcrop 1.09 3.1 0 278 17 0 0 10 3 7 3 6

Figure-3-Showa-images-640x1024.pngFigure 3a and 3b: Showa mine dump sample, visible gold and silver sulphosalts in thin quartz stockworks cutting silicified fossiliferous laminated tuffaceous mudstone (top image), bottom image zoomed in field of view is approximately 1 cm; SAM01867: 93.3 g/t Au, 17.35 g/t Ag, 21.4 ppm Sb

Figure-4-Showa-images-2-580x1024.pngFigure 4a and 4b: Showa mine dump sample, visible gold in thin quartz stockworks cutting silicified laminated mudstone (top image), field of view in bottom image is about 10 cm; SAM01894: 19.35 g/t Au, 8.49 g/t Ag

 Figure-5-Outcrop-images-584x1024.pngFigure 5a and 5b: Gold-bearing quartz stockwork (bottom image) from altered rhyolitic volcanic breccia outcrop (top image); SAM02069: 17.2 g/t Au, 15.85 g/t Ag, 452 ppm As, 20 ppm Sb

Figure-6-Proust-and-Outcrop.jpgFigure 6: Kitano-o silica sinter outcrop SAM02139: 1.9 ppm Hg, 93.4 ppm Sb, low gold

Figure-7-Beneath-sinter.jpgFigure 7: Banded quartz-chalcedony-adularia-limonite vein cobble from historic working immediately beneath the silica sinter deposit (field of view is about 10 cm wide); SAM02175: 3.02 g/t Au, 3.13 g/t Ag, 2.91 ppm Hg, 890 ppm As, 60.5 ppm Sb