Fire ants found for 1st time in Japan
NHK -- Jun 15
Fire ants with a painful bite have been found in Japan for the first time. They came from a container that was unloaded last month in Kobe city, western Japan.

The venomous ants originally from South America can bite and cause a burn-like pain and anaphylactic shock, which may result in death.

Environment ministry officials say they found ant nests in a container at a storage facility in Amagasaki City in Hyogo Prefecture on May 26th. The container had been unloaded at Kobe Port after arriving from the Chinese province of Guangdong.

Experts confirmed they were fire ants.

They say the ants were killed with a chemical disinfectant and no others have been found in the area. The officials believe that it is unlikely they have settled in the area and are breeding.

But the ants were found only about a week after the container had been unloaded.

荷揚げされたコンテナから強い毒を持つアリ「ヒアリ」が見つかりました。刺されると最悪の場合、死に至ることもある危険なアリですが、日本国内に定着する恐れはないのでしょうか。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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