Japan Gold Expands its Ikutahara Gold Project in North Hokkaido
Thursday, July 11th, 2019
Japan Gold Corp. (TSXV: JG) (OTCQB: JGLDF) (“Japan Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce expansion of its Ikutahara Project in northern Hokkaido with the acceptance of four additional prospecting rights applications by the Japanese Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry (“METI”). The four new accepted applications, totalling 1,399 hectares, extend the northern boundary of the Ikutahara Project proximal to historic workings at the Toge Hill, Asada Ridge, and Akebono prospects (see figure 1). The newly accepted blocks cover potential extensions to the Toge an Asada prospect within prospective Miocene aged host rocks at the northern end of the Kitano-o Gold District. The Kitano-o District includes four historic eluvial and hard rock gold mines and workings over an approximate 6 kilometre by 3 kilometre area.
John Proust, Chairman and CEO commented, “The discovery of the Toge and Asada prospects has significantly expanded the Kitano-o Gold District mineralisation further to the north. The acceptance of the four new prospecting rights applications gives us confidence that we have covered all prospective ground in the area”.
Ikutahara Project: Toge Hill and Asada Ridge Prospects
In 2018, following up on earlier reconnaissance sampling, two new areas of significant quartz veining were identified at the Toge Hill and Asada Ridge prospects, further extending the Kitano-o Gold District to the north. Mapping revealed undocumented historic trenching, pitting and workings on low-temperature / high-level textured epithermal quartz veins hosted in Miocene volcanics. Intermittent exposures of the Toge veins have been mapped over a 2-kilometer long, east-northeast trending series of ridges with individual veins up to 3 meters wide. Several hundred meters north of Toge, the Asada vein has been mapped for 400 meters along a northeast trending ridge.
Both vein zones exhibit gold anomalism with a peak value of 15 g/t gold from a rock-float sample collected below the vein subcrops. Pathfinder elements including silver, arsenic and antimony are anomalous and support the shallow level of exposure of the veins, and the potential for higher-grade gold zones to develop at depth.
A combination of local high-grade gold in basement hosted mineralisation at the nearby Akebono prospect, strong gold and pathfinder element anomalism in low-temperature quartz veins at the Toge and Asada prospects and the close proximity of the basement unconformity provide encouraging exploration drill targets at the Toge and Asada prospects. Drilling will target boiling zones at deeper levels on the veins and where veins cut the basement unconformity, lying very close to surface in the north-east part of the prospect. Such unconformity targets, the likes of which host the Hishikari mine in Kyushu, provide a compelling exploration model at the Toge and Asada prospects and throughout the underexplored Kitano-o Gold District.
This year, more detailed work is planned for the Toge and Asada prospects and will include soil sampling and possibly CSAMT geophysical techniques, if warranted, to further enhance drill targeting.
Ikutahara Project: Akebono Prospect
The Akebono prospect, hosted in Mesozoic basement rocks is located 1 kilometre along strike to the northeast of the Toge and Asada prospects and hosts localised high-grade intervals sampled in underground workings including a 1.2 meter wide vein interval of 446 g/t gold and 376 g/t silver₁. A scout drilling program of three drillholes conducted by Japan Gold late in 2017 returned an encouraging intercept of 0.45 m (true width 0.37 m) @ 29.7 g/t Au and 77 g/t Ag in one of the holes at Akebono (refer to Company’s news release dated February 5, 2018).
Ikutahara Project: Phase 1 Drilling Program Update
A 3,000 meter scout drilling program at the Kitano-o Gold Mine Prospect is planned to commence later this month and is designed to target boiling zones in veins beneath the extensive eluvial surface workings.http://www.japangold.com