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Japan:7,000 evacuated in Tokyo suburbs while wartime dud shell removed(WWII U.S. 1-ton bomb)
Kyodo News ^ | 07/10/05

Posted on 07/11/2005 9:56:56 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Sunday July 10, 3:23 PM

7,000 evacuated in Tokyo suburbs while wartime dud shell removed

(Kyodo) _ About 7,000 residents in western Tokyo suburbs were evacuated Sunday as a Ground Self-Defense Force unit disposed of an unexploded bomb, believed to have been dropped by the U.S. military during World War II, from a crop field in the city of Nishitokyo.

It took about half an hour for the GSDF unit to remove the detonator from the so-called "1-ton bomb," which was found 10 meters underground in the field. The bomb was 180 centimeters in length and 60 cm in diameter.

The owner of the land plot reported the bomb to the municipal government of Nishitokyo in April, and the GSDF provided an emergency operation June 10.

At the request of the authorities, about 3,100 households within a 500-meter radius were evacuated in the morning to safe locations including schools and community centers. The evacuation order covered households in the cities of Nishitokyo and Musashino and Nerima Ward.

According to Nishitokyo city officials, the area suffered intense bombings by the U.S. military due to a now-defunct local factory of Nakajima Aircraft Industries Ltd. which produced airplane engines during the war. Nakajima Aircraft is the predecessor of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru cars.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1tonbomb; bomb; disposal; dud; japan; nishitokyo; us; wwii

1 posted on 07/11/2005 9:56:58 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; sushiman; Ronin; AmericanInTokyo; gaijin; struggle; DTogo; GATOR NAVY; Iris7; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 07/11/2005 9:57:24 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It took 60 years to find that one. Now, think about how long it's going to take to find all the WMD and HE in Iraq where people were actually trying to hide the stuff.


3 posted on 07/11/2005 9:58:39 AM PDT by muawiyah (/sarcasm and invective)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Bush's fault for bombing civilians!


4 posted on 07/11/2005 10:00:31 AM PDT by xrp (Fox News Channel should rename itself the Missing Persons Network)
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To: xrp

Curtis LeMay's signature.


5 posted on 07/11/2005 10:05:59 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Scratch a Liberal. Uncover a Fascist)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It was found 10 meters underground? In a crop field? WTF? Just how deep does this farmer plant his seed?


6 posted on 07/11/2005 10:10:27 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Hatteras
Re #6

He must have been digging it for something. Hunting treasure, or digging a well?

7 posted on 07/11/2005 10:16:10 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Not exactly. Curtis LeMay's signature would've been an M69 incendiary!

}:-)4


8 posted on 07/11/2005 10:21:22 AM PDT by Moose4 (Richmond, Virginia--commemorating 140 years of Yankee occupation.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
In related news, a giant turtle was reported flying over Yokohama today...
9 posted on 07/11/2005 10:22:34 AM PDT by Jonah Hex (Go. Hunt. Kill Skuls.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Made in America. Tested in Japan.


10 posted on 07/11/2005 10:23:07 AM PDT by beltfed308 (Cloth or link. Happiness is a perfect trunion.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
It took about half an hour for the GSDF unit to remove the detonator from the so-called "1-ton bomb," which was found 10 meters underground in the field. The bomb was 180 centimeters in length and 60 cm in diameter.

It's a US ordinance, so what's that in inches; and do the japs have to do the math to convert 1ton to metric?

The owner of the land plot reported the bomb to the municipal government of Nishitokyo in April, and the GSDF provided an emergency operation June 10.

Reported in April, disposal in June. Quite the emergency operation. Good thing the Fire Department doesn't use the same time schedule.

At the request of the authorities, about 3,100 households within a 500-meter radius were evacuated

Holy cow, talk about your high density housing. We don't have that many households in our county.

According to Nishitokyo city officials, the area suffered intense bombings by the U.S. military due to a now-defunct local factory of Nakajima Aircraft Industries Ltd. which produced airplane engines during the war.

My guess, the bombing had something to do with the 'now-defunct' status of the plant.

Nakajima Aircraft is the predecessor of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru cars.

At least the last laugh is on us.

11 posted on 07/11/2005 10:23:12 AM PDT by 11Bush (No outstanding felonies, but my life has been one long misdemeanor.)
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To: Hatteras

"Just how deep does this farmer plant his seed?"

You should probably ask his wife, but based on stereotypes, I'd say about 2" deep.

Just a joke!


12 posted on 07/11/2005 10:29:08 AM PDT by NathanBookman
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To: Moose4

You might be right.


13 posted on 07/11/2005 10:43:04 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Scratch a Liberal. Uncover a Fascist)
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To: 11Bush
Last laugh ?
We won the war, then had to buy all their cars.
14 posted on 07/11/2005 10:44:50 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Scratch a Liberal. Uncover a Fascist)
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To: 11Bush

180 cm = 1.8 m, and 1 m = 39.39".

So, 180 cm = 70.9" and 60 cm = 23.6". Six feet long, two feet in diameter.

And, one metric ton = 1000 kg = 2200 lb, so it's not that far off from an English ton of 2000 lb.

}:-)4


15 posted on 07/11/2005 10:49:37 AM PDT by Moose4 (Richmond, Virginia--commemorating 140 years of Yankee occupation.)
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To: Moose4
Trust me, I can do the math.

Just cause we live in the sticks, don't mean were all dumb hicks.

The above statement in noways means to cause pain, suffering, mental anguish, or other harm to people who consider themselves 'hicks'. Just the dumb ones.

Course you big time city folk probably use that metric stuff all the time.

16 posted on 07/11/2005 10:55:32 AM PDT by 11Bush (No outstanding felonies, but my life has been one long misdemeanor.)
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To: beltfed308
Made in America. Tested in Japan.

I believe the 1000-lb. bombs were fairly commonplace during the B-29 raids, at least until the decision was made to switch to incendiary munitions.

17 posted on 07/11/2005 10:55:54 AM PDT by Charles Martel
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To: 11Bush

Hey, no need to get snippy about it, fellow Virginian. I thought you were seriously asking the bomb's measurements.

And I'll stack my hick credentials up...born and bred in Amherst County, just north of Lynchburg. Recently I spent the Fourth at a friend's farm down in Parrott (the far side of Blacksburg) shooting paintballs at inanimate objects and blowing up large quantities of fine Chinese fireworks smuggled up from South Carolina!

I do love our beloved Commonwealth, but they really need to respect our inalienable God-given right to fireworks.

}:-)4


18 posted on 07/11/2005 11:01:12 AM PDT by Moose4 (Richmond, Virginia--commemorating 140 years of Yankee occupation.)
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To: 11Bush

Don't be cranky.


19 posted on 07/11/2005 11:02:17 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Scratch a Liberal. Uncover a Fascist)
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To: Moose4

Dude, just funnin with ya, sorry.


20 posted on 07/11/2005 11:02:53 AM PDT by 11Bush (No outstanding felonies, but my life has been one long misdemeanor.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

see #20


21 posted on 07/11/2005 11:04:34 AM PDT by 11Bush (No outstanding felonies, but my life has been one long misdemeanor.)
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To: 11Bush
It's a US ordinance, so what's that in inches; and do the japs have to do the math to convert 1ton to metric?

For those unable or unwilling to understand the International Standards system, the bomb was approximately 6 feet long and 2 feet in diameter. A metric tonne is roughly equivalent to a U.S. ton (2200 pounds vice 2000 pounds).

BTW, the International Standards system is used by most of the rest of the world. You needn't adopt it personally, but having a working knowledge of it does come in handy when dealing with situations outside the United States.

22 posted on 07/11/2005 11:07:14 AM PDT by Junior (“Even if you are one-in-a-million, there are still 6,000 others just like you.”)
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To: 11Bush
Course you big time city folk probably use that metric stuff all the time.

Or those of us in the defense industry, computer industry, engineering ...

23 posted on 07/11/2005 11:09:16 AM PDT by Junior (“Even if you are one-in-a-million, there are still 6,000 others just like you.”)
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To: NathanBookman
but based on stereotypes, I'd say about 2" deep.

I know a caucasian gal who's married to a Nippon...and she jokingly refers to him as "Rice-d***"

24 posted on 07/11/2005 11:10:38 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Like a fool, I looked up from 'neath the tree as the bird chirped...Vogelspooren)
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To: xrp

25 posted on 07/11/2005 11:11:01 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic ("We must be tolerant and understanding of those trying to blow us to pieces" - Ted Kennedy & Co.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Karl Rove leaked the bombs weight!


26 posted on 07/11/2005 11:12:26 AM PDT by jw777
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To: Junior
I was funnin with a guy who lives 20 miles from my house. In the 'big' city of Richmond, VA.

I am quite capable of converting SAE to metric. Hell, I can even convert Centigrade to Kelvin. Hold several degrees, none of them liberal arts, so I have on occasion been exposed to the 'International Standard' system.

Now, take it as a joke or not. Don't care, Junior.

27 posted on 07/11/2005 11:17:30 AM PDT by 11Bush (No outstanding felonies, but my life has been one long misdemeanor.)
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To: Hatteras

Remember what the crop of choice is in that region. Rice grows in mud.

In 1978, I was a part of the RED HORSE construction squadron in Osan Korea. We excavated a rice paddy down 27 feet in some places to get to solid ground. Then we filled it up with concrete to make a quick turn facility at the end of the runway.


28 posted on 07/11/2005 11:40:00 AM PDT by NerdDad (Lord guide me with one hand on my shoulder and the other over my mouth.)
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To: 11Bush

Sorry. I've come across a strong strain of parochialism on these threads when it comes to the use of the International System. There is evidently some branch of conservatism that believes it is somehow "un-American" to work with the metric system. I'm expecting someone one day to propose scrapping all modern measuring systems because they are "anti-Biblical" and proposing we go back to cubits and talents.


29 posted on 07/11/2005 11:54:15 AM PDT by Junior (“Even if you are one-in-a-million, there are still 6,000 others just like you.”)
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To: Junior

Is that the standard cubit or the temple cubit?

And you'd better use the sanctuary shekel, I don't want to get screwed over when weighing my silver.

}:-)4


30 posted on 07/11/2005 12:00:42 PM PDT by Moose4 (Richmond, Virginia--commemorating 140 years of Yankee occupation.)
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To: Charles Martel

OUch! That's going to leave a mark.


31 posted on 07/11/2005 12:04:33 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. - John Adams)
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To: Stonewall Jackson
OUch! That's going to leave a mark.

Heh... yes, indeed. In the case of this particular bomb, picture half as many bombs in the "stick", but each roughly twice as large. I wonder if the excavated bomb bore any WWII-vintage graffiti. "Suck on THIS, Tojo!" was reportedly a common choice. ;-)

32 posted on 07/11/2005 12:51:42 PM PDT by Charles Martel
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To: TigerLikesRooster
unexploded bomb

Amelican wolkmaship!

33 posted on 07/11/2005 12:55:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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