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Japanese defuse WWII bomb

AN unexploded bomb, believed to have been dropped by United States forces during World War II, was defused and safely removed yesterday from a construction site in southern Japan.

Workers unearthed the rusty 120-centimeter, 250-kilogram bomb in January during expansion of a gas station in the coastal city of Miyazaki, about 870 kilometers southeast of Tokyo.

An explosives-disposal unit from Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force spent about two-and-a-half hours removing the bomb, which was then taken to an undisclosed location, said city spokesman Hasutoshi Anraku.

The city issued evacuation orders for about 1,700 residents, and about a dozen flights were canceled at the Miyazaki airport.

Although the war ended more than 60 years ago, unexploded bombs still turn up occasionally in Japan, where US forces conducted extensive air raids against major cities.

A bomb was discovered in Osaka in western Japan last summer, forcing 5,400 residents to evacuate their homes while army experts disposed of the 1-ton device.

A similar bomb was found in theoutskirts of Tokyo in March last year.


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