On May 13, the government announced an export ban on an additional 22 state-of-the-art products and related technologies in light of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. It has already banned the export of machine tools but has now expanded the scope of the ban to include low-performance machine tools. The government also added products and technologies that are still in the research stages, including quantum cryptography and stealth materials, to the list of items banned for export. The move is intended to close a loophole in sanctions against Russia being implemented in cooperation with the West.
Products using 14 advanced technologies, such as oil refining catalysts, electron microscopes, quantum computers, stealth materials, and 3D printers, and 8 technologies, including machine tool controllers and quantum technologies, were added to the list of items banned. The ban will come into force on May 20.
Japan expanded the scope of banned items to include technologies that are yet to be commercialized as well as low-performance products, with an eye to preventing Russia from using them to build up its military. As for machine tools that cut and polish metals and stones, the government imposed a new ban on the export of cutting machines controlled by hand or computer.