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U.S. to be asked to deal with an unexploded anti-tank shell

Date Posted: 2010-04-15

An unexploded anti-tank shell with ‘Made in USA’ markings has been recovered from an Okinawa residence, and the Japanese government is preparing to ask the United States to dispose of it.

The shell was actually discovered five months ago when a 73-year-old woman called the Japanese Self Defense Forces to remove it from her home. The JSDF says it’s not in their jurisdiction, since the shell was manufactured in 1964, and they only deal with World War II munitions.

Self Defense Forces took temporary safety measures, but will leave it to the U.S. to handle. The homeowner says, “This bomb had been brought by my husband. He found it some 40 years ago from somewhere, but I don’t know where.” She said she was surprised. “I didn’t know the shell is an unexploded one, and I never knew it was real. I just thought that it would be a fake one, like a toy.”

She contacted authorities after hearing about the government dealing with other bombs. The U.S. says, “we haven’t received any official letter from the Japanese government, but when we do, we will support.”

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