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Move to stop "illegal" fossil acquisitions in Japan
The Kyodo News Service is reporting that the Education Ministry wants
Japan's science museums "not to go against laws of origin countries
when gathering exhibits such as fossils" even though the purchase
and possession of the fossils is not against Japanese laws.
"The ministry's call followed the revelation that at least five public
museums in Japan hold _Confuciusornis sanctus_ Chinese bird fossils
despite Beijing's ban on their export..."
"Officials at museums in Ibaraki, Aichi, Osaka, Tottori and Okayama
prefectures said earlier this month that the museums bought the
Confuciusornis sanctus fossils from fossil dealers who gave
assurances the purchases were legitimate."
"Chinese government export permission documents were not attached
to any of the fossils, however."