Japan Police Probe ‘Uranium’ Sold on an Auction Website
Japanese authorities are investigating a case where uranium was offered for an online auction on a website. This news has gained a lot of attention because the substance sold in the website appears to be uranium. It was enclosed in a glass tube and was sold under the name of ‘Uranium 99.9%’ at online auction website of Yahoo!
The police are probing the matter as to whether the product is radioactive or not. Moreover, a number of people are questioned about the matter. Several people have been suspected of their involvement in the purchase as well as sale of the substance. The case has been regarded as a serious issue because it could lead to misuse of the substance that may harm a lot of people if mishandled.
Kyodo News has reported that an initial test of the powder confiscated by the authorities was found to be radioactive, thus raising further concerns.
A report has also been received by The Nuclear Regulation Authority regarding the substance billed as ‘uranium’ on various recognised auction sites regulated by Yahoo! Japan. In addition to that, this report was received about a year ago and one of the atomic energy officials told AFP: “We were asked, ‘Is it OK? How is it possible?’ We immediately called Yahoo! which then took down the product.”
The atomic energy official further implied that the details of this issue were sent to the police as the law requiring specialised permits for the uranium ownership to be transferred. However, on the other hand, the Tokyo Metropolitan police have declined to further comment on this issue and the officials at Yahoo! Japan also failed to acknowledge or respond on the issue immediately.
The seller, and the other involved people in the sale have been identified by Tokyo police, and have been brought into police custody for further inspection, as stated by the Kyodo News.
The Japan atomic energy agency has also been asked by the authorities to confirm as to whether or not it is a uranium concentrate or depleted uranium.
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