At Tsugu mine in Aichi Prefecture, antimony was mined and smelted until 1956. The amounts of antimony present in the soil
of the abandoned mine were measured to enable us to detect any traces of the operation of the mine and to measure the level
of environmental contamination with antimony. The quantity of antimony in rings of hinoki and sugi was also measured to obtain
information about chronological changes in environmental conditions. The quantity of antimony in the samples was determined
by INAA. The antimony concentrations in eight soil samples at different points in the Tsugu mine area were 8–17,000 ppm.