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2 semi-automatic guns, 37 rounds found at garbage treatment plant

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A worker at a garbage processing plant in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, found two semi-automatic guns and 37 rounds of ammunition on Tuesday. Police suspect the firearms' owner found proper disposal of the weapons difficult and resorted to throwing them into the incombustible garbage.

According to police, the guns were not loaded at the time of discovery and it is believed that they have never been discharged. Fukushima police are continuing to investigate the origin of the guns, ownership of which is illegal under the Japanese swords and firearms control law.

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Darn, so that's where I left them...

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In Aizuwakamatsu? Perfect place, as the cops have probably never seen a gun there, theyll just write up a small report from their cosy koban and then go back to sleep. The cops are really nice there, but just don't do anything...

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Probably the police that threw them away!

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Sounds like the wife found them and threw them away :)

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This seems really, really strange. Who goes to all the trouble of getting 2 guns in a country with possibly the strictest firearm controls in the world... and then throws them away in the garbage???

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Maybe they had already doe their job...

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LOL. This is so perfectly Japanese. First off, it is big news that two automatic weapons and 37 rounds of ammo were found. In the U.S. this happens every day in every major city. Second, the person went to the trouble of putting them in the proper trash bin -- incombustible garbage. I guess so the neighbors would not complain. Again, in the U.S., they would have just been tossed in a river, or sold at a gun show. I truly love and respect some of this country's uniqueness.

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So what, some Yakuza left it there or someone got it somehow and got scared of having it and left it there.

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frungy, maybe he got scared and couldn't relax knowing he was doing something illegal.

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I love the incombustible garbage part! An eco-conscious potential mass-murderer....

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I think gogogo is on to something

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Not surprised about Fukushima. It has often been rumoured that because the Yaks had difficulty in importing guns they instead imported the gunsmiths and set them up in business making the guns in Fukushima and Gunma. Maybe the gun was a Grock :-)

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PitStop cracked me up.

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Guns were probably used, keystones just haven't figured that out yet.

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vulcan at 12:42 PM JST - 2nd February frungy, maybe he got scared and couldn't relax knowing he was doing something illegal.

Possibly. This story is really thin though, these could be WW2 era relics for all we know.

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incombustible garbage

The question is whether this means recyclable garbage or landfill garbage. If the culprit has attempted to dispose of perfectly recyclable material via landfill disposal, he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

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The nearby Samurai school (once upon a time it was the best in Japan) probably didn't get permission to use them in the classroom.

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Isn't Aizuwakamatsu the area where the first Japanese to settle in the US over 140 years ago originally came from? They came to Gold Hill in Northern California north of Placerville to start a silk producing business. So this is just a bit of Wild West gun mentality in modern-day Japan!

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Were they Japanese weapons or or from some other State- Japan is presently working on Iwo Jima bringing all the remains of the thousands of Japanese military lost there. Could be they may have picked up some of the weapons found in the tunnels of Iwo Jima and then brought them home.

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This news is strange, but to get guns like this, some Yakuza connection must be around the corner.

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Were they pistols or rifles? The article states they were never fired. My guess is, it was just some jiji that actually believed that this was the right way to dispose of them. Just chuck them in the 'motainai' bin. Luckily they were not picked up by the local scavengers or local kids.

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