Much of odd weapons cache on plane was permissible

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An immigration officer at Kansai, Masahiro Nakamoto, said authorities did not report anything suspicious at the time Mr. Harris boarded, but arriving passengers are checked more closely than those leaving the country. Spokesman Keisuke Hamatani said Kansai security officials had not reported any suitcases containing the hazardous materials that U.S. authorities say they found in Mr. Harris‘ luggage.

Yasunori Oshima, an official at Japan’s Land and Transport Ministry’s aviation safety department, said there had been no official inquiry or request from U.S. authorities to look into the case, which he said would have been more of a concern if the hazardous materials were brought into the cabin rather than checked.

“The case does not seem to pose any immediate concerns about aviation security measures in Japan,” he said.

Airport police said they do not believe the case constitutes illegal conduct under the Japanese domestic criminal code, but Japan may cooperate at the request of U.S. investigators.

Eileen Sullivan reported from Washington. Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Shaya Tayefe Mohajer in Los Angeles; Elliot Spagat in San Diego; Rodrique Ngowi in Boston; Erika Niedowski in Providence, R.I.; Eric Talmadge and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo; Alicia A. Caldwell in Washington; and Hyung-jin Kim in Seoul.

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