Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A fire ant has been found at Tokyo Port following recent discoveries at ports in western and central Japan, the Environment Ministry said Thursday.
The ant, a venomous and invasive species native to South America, was found inside a container in the Oi container terminal in Shinagawa Ward. It is a worker ant, about four millimeters long.
There may be more fire ants around the terminal, ministry officials said.
Fire ants have been discovered at ports in Amagasaki and Kobe, both Hyogo Prefecture, in Nagoya and in Osaka.
The container arrived at the Oi terminal via Hong Kong on June 27 after leaving China’s Guangdong Province.
The cargo owner emptied the container in Kimitsu, Chiba Prefecture.