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‘Possible unexploded ordnance’ at small base in Japan turns out to be nonhazardous

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

DAVID OWSIANKA/U.S. AIR FORCE

By SETH ROBSON | STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 14, 2017

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.

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