Subscribe
An Air Force technician works at the Tokorozawa Communication Site outside Tokyo, March 14, 2017.

An Air Force technician works at the Tokorozawa Communication Site outside Tokyo, March 14, 2017. (David Owsianka/U.S. Air Force)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A U.S. military team investigating “possible unexploded ordnance” at one of its bases in Japan on Wednesday determined the hazard was actually construction material, Air Force officials said.

“There was never a threat to any personnel on or near the site,” the service said in a statement issued Wednesday.

The item was found around 10.45 a.m. Wednesday at the Tokorozawa Communication Site in Saitama prefecture, the statement said.

Tokorozawa, a small base where only seven military personnel and three Japanese nationals work, relays ground-to-air and ship-to-shore communications for U.S. Forces Japan.

The Japanese government agreed last year to clean up lead contamination at the base after soil testing, performed ahead of road construction, found 13,000 milligrams of lead per kilogram of soil at the site — about 86 times the standard level.

robson.seth@stripes.com Twitter: @SethRobson

author picture
Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.

Sign Up for Daily Headlines

Sign-up to receive a daily email of today’s top military news stories from Stars and Stripes and top news outlets from around the world.

Sign up