High School Boy, Others in Japan Accused of Trading Uranium Online

Society

Tokyo, Dec. 10 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo police accused a high school boy and three others on Tuesday of trading uranium in an online auction site in Japan.

The Metropolitan Police Department referred the four to public prosecutors for suspected violation of the law regulating nuclear materials.

A 24-year-old man in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, is suspected of selling natural uranium and other materials to the 17-year-old boy in Koganei, Tokyo, and a 61-year-old man in Koga, Ibaraki Prefecture, for a total of 60,752 yen between October 2017 and January 2018.

All of them admitted to the allegations, according to sources familiar with the police investigation. The boy told police investigators that he wanted uranium because it is a rare material, the sources said.

The boy also allegedly sold without registration a powder he refined from uranium ore to three people between May and June 2018 in violation of the poisonous and deleterious substances control law.

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