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Two men were referred to prosecutors Tuesday on suspicion of smuggling into Japan two rare perentie lizards, a protected species under the Washington Convention, police said.

A 36-year-old pet shop owner from Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, and another man allegedly conspired to import the lizards, a male and a female, on commercial airplanes from Hong Kong to Narita Airport near Tokyo in 2017 and 2018, police said.

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