Japan reportedly is planning to build 12 new facilities in China to dismantle chemical weapons left behind by the Imperial Army at the end of World War II.

Japan's Yomiuri newspaper said Sunday that the two countries agreed last month to build the facilities near 12 locations including Beijing, Harbin and Nanjing, where abandoned Japanese chemical weapons are stored.

The paper said Japan initially planned to dismantle all the weapons at a major plant in Haerbaling, near the border with North Korea. But when China raised concerns about the dangers of transporting the weapons over long distances, Tokyo decided to build the smaller facilities spread throughout the country.

The report did not include details about the cost or timetable of the construction.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.