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Mysterious cylinder washes to beach

Date Posted: 1998-03-27

A mysterious metal cylinder was found washed on a beach in Taketomi Island, Yaeyama, sparking local anxieties of possible toxic hazards.

According to local officials, the 1.8 m long container was found by a camper who called the police. The cylinder had a label stating in several languages that it contained dangerous toxic substance.

The local police contacted the Japanese Self Defense Force who is planning to take custody of the cylinder which for now remains in the Taketomi Village Office for safekeeping.

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