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Unexploded 1-Ton Bomb Found Near Osaka's Otaroad
Posted 3/17/15

A construction worker found an unexploded one-ton bomb on the construction site for a new apartment building on Monday near Osaka's Nankai Namba Station. The bomb is confirmed to be American made and measures 60 centimeters (about 2 feet) in diameter and 180 centimeters (about 6 feet) in length.

The construction worker had found the bomb at 10 a.m. two meters underground. The Japan Ground Self Defense Forces covered the bomb in a fireproof sheet and covered the still in-tact fuse with a safety cap on Monday. Local authorities are currently considering how to dispose of the bomb and whether or not to restrict entry to a larger area around the discovery site.

In February 2013, a similar unexploded bomb was found in Osaka's Kita ward. At that time, the authorities decided to evacuate all buildings within a 300 meter radius and block off the area.

The newly discovered bomb is right next to Otaroad, Osaka's equivalent of Akihabara. If the Osaka government decides to enact a similar restriction as in February 2013, most of the entirety of Otaroad, including the Animate and Gamers stores, would be temporarily shut down.

Osaka's largest anime event, the Nipponbashi Street Festival, is slated for this Saturday. The highlight of the festival is a cosplay parade along Otaroad (photo above right is from last year's festival). The festival's staff have not yet said whether the festival will still be held.

On August 14, 1945, one day before the end of World War II, the U.S. army dropped 843 one-ton bombs on Osaka.




[Unexploded ordnance] discovery process methods in the construction site of Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi is to future consultation


The 16th, Osaka City Crisis Management Office Crisis Management Division, on the morning of the same day, unexploded ordnance 1 shot was announced to have been discovered in the construction site of Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi Nihonbashi West 1-chome. By now the Ground Self-Defense Force, save administrative tasks have been made.
It should be noted that, for the future of the treatment method of unexploded ordnance, in consultation the Ground Self-Defense Force and other related institutions, specific correspondence will be announced. ■ Overview of unexploded ordnance found (Osaka) - discovery Date: March 16 (Monday) morning , discover Location: Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi Nihonbashi West 1-chome 2-2 co-residential new construction site , at the time you discovered Status: excavation work The report to the workers discovered the object looked like unexploded ordnance Osaka prefectural police in, check and unexploded ordnance by the Ground Self-Defense Force , unexploded ordnance of situation: American-made 2000 pounds usually bomb (one ton bomb) 1 shot (length 1.8 m, diameter 0.6 m) warhead and bullet bottom to fuse the remaining state -current correspondence: Conducted by the Ground Self-Defense Force, to protect the whole bomb refractory sheet, a treatment that covered the protection fuse cap


Links. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-03-17/unexploded-1-ton-bomb-found-near-osaka-otaroad/.86052 http://www.sankei.com/west/news/150316/wst1503160072-n1.html http://jin115.com/archives/52071763.html http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20150316-00000014-rescuenow-soci
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I'd love to see if this reaches any American news station.
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Think perhaps they can wait until the festival is over. If found during constructing only one apartment building, the rest of the earth should yet be tampered with.

Even if the news is already out, Japanese people are quit hardcore so they'd probably continue with the festival if given the go ahead.
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It's not surprised me to hear that there is somewhere in the world people found undetonated bombs.
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Hopefully no crazy Black Jack fans around there ...
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yea likely US EOD people were sent to the site so yea your poor taste comment fails. Don't for get japan did horrible things in ww2 its not like they were a harmless victim. As for the bomb when you happen to piss off the world and they drop literally millions of pounds of bombs on your country not all of them will go boom or be found just after, Europe still has an issue with land mines from ww2 world wars tend to leave scars. Beyond that im guessing your not Japanese as well most of the people I've found to be mad at the US for our role in ww2 even the nukes aren't Japanese but self righteous americans. I'll note my wife is Japanese she nor her family parents or grandparents ever mentioned ww2 and honestly it for younger Japanese makes sense given per my wife how little ww2 is covered in school their history tends to focus more on post and pre ww1 and 2 stuff.
Posted 3/17/15
This was not shown on Japanese TV.
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War aftereffects are scary... Especially all the leftover explosives or radiation.
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I wonder who it was and why, although it doesn't really matter.. I'm surprised they didn't blow it up.
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wonder how long it'd been there
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wonder how long it'd been there


since the late 40s im guessing
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Read a soccer article a few week ago about a WW2 bomb found in Germany at a construction site. With the amount of bombs dropped during the war im not surprised in both Japan and Europe they still find unexploded bombs.
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