Dud shell disrupts Tokyo train runs


Ground Self-Defense Force troops removed an unexploded bomb from northern Tokyo on Sunday, disrupting train services and forcing residents to evacuate.

The shell was defused at a construction site in Kita Ward only 1 km from Akabane Station and took it to the GSDF’s Camp Asaka in Nerima Ward.

The one-ton shell, 170 cm long and 60 cm in diameter, was dropped by U.S. forces during the war, according to ward officials. It was discovered in July.

During the disposal work, East Japan Railway Co. halted trains for about an hour at around 11 a.m. on the Keihin Tohoku, Utsunomiya, Takasaki and Shonan Shinjuku lines, including between Shinjuku Station and Omiya Station in Saitama Prefecture. About 33,000 passengers were affected.

The Kita Ward office advised about 3,000 households about 500 meters from the riverside site where the bomb was defused to evacuate.