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3 arrested in Japan for illegal export to S. Korea

  • May 26, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 5:20 p.m.
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Tokyo, May 26 (Jiji Press)–Tokyo police served three people with fresh arrest warrants on Tuesday on suspicion of illegally exporting a device that can be used to make biological weapons to South Korea.


The three are suspected of shipping a spray dryer worth some 8 million yen from Kobe port, western Japan, to South Korea on Feb. 21, 2018, without permission from the trade minister, in violation of the foreign exchange law.


They include Masaaki Okawara, 71-year-old chief executive officer of Ohkawara Kakohki Co., a chemical machinery maker based in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.


The spray dryer was sold to a major South Korean chemical goods maker and is in South Korea, according to Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department.


Okawara and the two others have already been indicted on charges of exporting a spray dryer to China without permission.



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