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Chinese student investigated for exporting camera for military use to China

  • November 25, 2017
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All Saturday morning papers wrote that the Metropolitan Police Department announced on Friday that it has arrested a Chinese student living in Tokyo on suspicion of violating the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Control Law by exporting a U.S.-made infrared camera used by the SDF to China via Hong Kong without permission from the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. The camera in question is on a Japanese list of items that require GOJ permission for export given that their technology could be used for military purposes. The student bought the Star Sapphire III infrared camera after placing a bid of about 550,000 yen on Yahoo Japan’s auction site in February 2016, and sold it to a Chinese company in Guangzhou dealing in military equipment in May 2016 for about 2.5 million yen. The camera was originally mounted on a transport ministry relief helicopter used to respond to disaster situations and was supposed to have been dismantled and destroyed after the ministry decided to equip its helicopters with an upgraded model in 2015.

Sunday’s Yomiuri and Asahi ran follow-up reports saying that the student has bought a number of cameras and other sensitive equipment on Internet auction sites and exported about 10 of them to China since arriving in Japan in 2015.

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