OSAKA — To ensure that the construction of Universal Studios Japan begins in 1998 as scheduled, Osaka city is likely to allow the nearly 700,000 tons of industrial waste to remain buried on the site.

The municipal government, however, is likely to order that the area be sealed off. “Although discussions between the city and academic experts have yet to take place, I think it would be very difficult, at this point, to remove all the waste and transport it somewhere else because there is nowhere else to dispose of it,” said Iwao Okayama, an official in the city’s environmental bureau.

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