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

Chigiribow wrote:

I'd love to see if this reaches any American news station.


That and I'd also like to see when Japan is going to be open about Nanking and their firebombing of Asia for instance. Oh well...
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Posted 3/17/15
Only read a few of the comments, are people actually bashing America because of this? I like Japan too but they were kinda on the enemy team in the 1940's and they did get the literal shit bombed out of them during the war... So finding some unexploded munitions isn't too much of a shocker.

The find has more historical value than anything.
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Posted 3/17/15

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wonder how long it'd been there


Probably since it was dropped back in that minor engagement called WW2...
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Posted 3/17/15
It was called "saturation" for a reason. One can hardly be surprised that some duds were dropped. At least, one hopes it's a dud. But that's what the cap's for.
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Posted 3/17/15

Galiron wrote:

japan did horrible things in ww2.......... self righteous americans.


Who is???

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Posted 3/17/15
With those unpredictable old explosives, it seems usually best to keep them buried and the natural elements will do away with them over time. There should probably be warnings posted in the area so people don't touch the bomb.
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Posted 3/18/15

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With those unpredictable old explosives, it seems usually best to keep them buried and the natural elements will do away with them over time. There should probably be warnings posted in the area so people don't touch the bomb.


Wow.... You don't know. A bomb can still explode and kill a ton of people, no matter how old it is. They NEED to do something about it, not just leave it buried.... But you don't know this. Oh well.
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Posted 3/18/15 , edited 3/18/15

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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.


I got a little chuckle out of that but you, who pee'd in your cereal and why did you feel the need to share it with everyone else?
Your post sounds more like a personal vendetta to me, but who exactly are you mad at?
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Posted 3/18/15
I think he's mad at those who blame the US for dropping bombs during wartime to convince the other side to surrender.
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Posted 3/18/15

Chigiribow wrote:

I'd love to see if this reaches any American news station.


Cable news stations, I would expect them to mention it. Broadcast news, only the national and world news might have it, local news, not a chance. They cover it when someone finds a bomb in Germany or England, It happens from time to time. Why would this be any different? Ill watch CNN and Foxnews for a bit today.

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Posted 3/18/15 , edited 3/18/15
I used to study at a Japanese language school called ARC Academy that's less than 50 meters from where the bomb was found. The bomb is located right next to a bicycle shop I've also had my bike repaired at...so this kind of hit home with me. According to one of my former class mates in Osaka the Nipponbashi Street Festa is canceled as well. Major bummer.

EDIT: Same class mate said so far he only saw Japanese Ground Self Defense Forces there, no US personnel or anything.
Posted 3/18/15
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Posted 3/18/15
The amount of ordnance dropped on Germany and Japan during WW2 it isn't surprising to find one of these. They still find left overs from the blitz of England as well. Hell there are devices in France and Belguim as well which is why you don't pick shit up when you go to a historical site from either WW1 or WW2.
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Posted 3/18/15 , edited 3/18/15

DeadlyOats wrote:


Morbidhanson wrote:

With those unpredictable old explosives, it seems usually best to keep them buried and the natural elements will do away with them over time. There should probably be warnings posted in the area so people don't touch the bomb.


Wow.... You don't know. A bomb can still explode and kill a ton of people, no matter how old it is. They NEED to do something about it, not just leave it buried.... But you don't know this. Oh well.


Never said they couldn't, merely pointing out that they are very unpredictable. Thanks for the civility.

The area obviously shouldn't have random civilians walking around freely in it. Even experts have had these unpredictable old bombs detonate unexpectedly.

That's why they don't needlessly mess with old buried bombs. If an analysis determines the area cannot be safely vacated reasonably, THEN they should do something about the bomb. Otherwise, it is best to simply keep people away from it. This is a pretty hard case, though. A city area with a big bomb. Seems like they should, indeed, attempt to remove it but it's potentially a lose-lose situation. Leave it and it can explode later. Remove it and it may explode immediately.
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Posted 3/18/15 , edited 3/18/15



I think the reason it was discovered was because construction crews were digging and found it. There is no other choice left to them, except to remove it. Since the soil has been disturbed, reburying the bomb does not mean that the conditions that kept it dormant will return. Reburying it may change the conditions and actually cause it to go off.

According to the article, it seems that they already have a procedure in place for dealing with these things. I hope it goes well for them. It's times like these that one wonders when will robots leave the laboratory, and anime, and actually get out in the field doing stuff like digging out and moving one ton bombs like the one that was found?
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