Japan Gold Receives Priority for New Prospecting Rights adjacent to the Historic Sanru Gold Mine in North Hokkaido, Japan
November 29, 2016 – Vancouver, BC – Japan Gold Corp. (TSX-V: JG) (“Japan Gold” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Southern Arc Minerals Japan KK (“SAMJ”), has made 35 contiguous Prospecting Right applications covering an area of approximately 11,269 hectares immediately adjacent to the historic Sanru gold mine in Northern Hokkaido.
The Company has received confirmation from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (“METI”), Hokkaido Branch, that the applications have been accepted, thereby granting SAMJ priority over this area. SAMJ is now authorised to commence low impact exploration activities such as geological mapping, geochemical sampling and geophysical surveys on this area, pending completion of a multi-step process of government consultation and review prior to final granting of the Prospecting License. The location of these applications constituting the “Sanru Project” and SAMJ’s other applications in Hokkaido and northern Honshu are shown in Figure 1.
The Sanru mine, the second largest producer in North Hokkaido, produced 215,410 ounces of gold at an average grade of 7.4 g/t and over 1.4 moz silver between 1925 and 1974 (Watanbe, 1995) and is situated in the central part of the Omu-Kamikawa zone within the Kitami Metallogenic Province of northeast Hokkaido. This region is characterised by prospective Miocene-Pliocene age volcano-sedimentary rocks and older meta-sedimentary basement rocks hosting numerous epithermal mineral occurrences, historical gold mines and workings.
Japan Gold has selected the area to the northeast of the Sanru Mine because it is dominated by prospective rhyolitic host rocks. A northeast trending fault which controls mineralisation at Sanru extends into the application area. This Sanru structure and several other parallel structures are host to six gold occurrences documented on published geological maps (Japanese Geological Survey) within the area under application. The geology of the application areas is summarised in Figure 2.
A regional stream sediment program was carried out by the geological division of the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (“MITI”) in the late 1990’s and identified two anomalous drainages in the east and south of SAMJ’s Sanru Project area. No detailed follow-up mapping or drilling was undertaken on these anomalies.
John Proust, Chairman and CEO of Japan Gold commented “The Sanru Project area is Japan Gold’s ninth project in Northern Japan and represents a very substantial and significant addition to Japan Gold’s portfolio of high grade epithermal gold and potential porphyry exploration areas”.
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Watanabe, 1995. Genesis of Vein-hosting Fractures in the Kitami Region, Hokkaido, Japan. Resource Geology, v46(3), pp 151-166, 1996.