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Japan police probe 'uranium' on online auction site

AFP  |  Tokyo 

Japanese authorities are investigating how a substance that appears to be came to be offered for sale on an online site, a said Thursday.

Police are trying to confirm whether the product is radioactive, he said, with reporting investigators are questioning "a number of people" suspected of involvement in the sale and purchase of the substance.

An initial test of the confiscated powder found it to be radioactive, said.

The received a report about a year ago about what was being billed as "uranium" on a popular site operated by Japan. "We were asked, 'Is it OK? How is it possible?' We immediately called Yahoo!, which then took down the product," an atomic agency official told AFP.

The case was referred to police as the law requires special permits for transferring the ownership of and other radioactive materials, he said.

declined to comment on the matter.

Officials at Japan were not immediately available for comment.

Tokyo police have identified the seller and multiple men who successfully bid for the material online, and have taken them in for questioning on a voluntary basis, said.

Authorities have also asked the to confirm whether the material is depleted or uranium concentrate, said.

The product was enclosed in a glass tube and put on sale under the name of "Uranium 99.9 per cent" at a Yahoo online website, Kyodo said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, January 31 2019. 15:55 IST