China is 'polluting' Mount Fuji with 'toxic air': Japan study
TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese study is claiming that toxic air pollution from China is to blame for high mercury levels atop the country's beloved Mount Fuji.
The research will likely do little to help simmering hostilities between the Asian giants, a relationship marred by historical animosities and territorial disputes.
"Whenever readings were high, winds were blowing from the continent (China)," Mr Osamu Nagafuchi, the lead scientist on the study, told AFP on Thursday.
Fuji was chosen "because it's a place unaffected by urban pollution", said Mr Nagafuchi, an environmental science professor at the University of Shiga Prefecture.