'Suspicious seeds' from overseas reported in Japan

NHK -- Aug 02
Plant quarantine officials in Japan have had a number of inquiries about unsolicited packages of seeds apparently sent from China. They are calling on people not to plant them.

On Tuesday, a man in Miura City in Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo received a silver packet containing a bag of dozens of seed-like objects, each measuring about 2 millimeters. The shipping label suggests it came from China.

Officials at the Yokohama Plant Protection Station say they have been contacted by people across the country about suspicious seed shipments since late July.

They say the packages appear to be from abroad, and bear no marks showing they passed through quarantine.

Similar incidents have been reported in more than 20 US states since June, including more than 1,000 in Virginia alone. The majority are postmarked from China.

Authorities in Canada, Britain and Australia are also reporting cases.

- NHK

身に覚えのない謎の郵便物が届く事案が相次いでいます。  ポストに届いた小包。ラベルには「宝石」と書かれていますが、開けてみると、中に種が入っていました。アメリカ各地で注文した覚えのない種が入った郵便物が中国から届いたという報告が相次いでいます。バージニア州の当局は、種は侵略的な外来種の可能性があるとして、決して植えないよう呼び掛けています。一方、中国政府は、郵便物に記載された「中国郵政」の文字は偽造で情報にも多くの誤りがあるとし、郵便物を中国に戻して調査する方針を示しています。 - ANNnewsCH