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Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order to Partially Revise Japan’s Foreign Exchange Order and Export Trade Control Order

From the standpoint of preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the excessive accumulation of conventional weapons, and executing treaties and other international agreements, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has controlled exports of goods under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act and has also provided individual provisions to regulate goods based on Japan’s Foreign Exchange Order and the Export Trade Control Order under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act.
On July 28, 2015, the Cabinet approved the requested revision of Japan’s Foreign Exchange Order and the Export Trade Control Order concerning [i] the addition and removal of technologies and goods to and from the regulatory list based on the agreements concluded at the International Export Control Conference in 2014 and [ii] the addition of goods to the regulatory list pertaining to pledges from the Minamata Convention on Mercury. METI hereby announces the revisions.

1. Outline of the revision

  • The orders are to be revised to add and remove technologies and goods to and from the regulatory list so that the Government of Japan can ensure implementation of the agreements concluded at the International Export Control Conference (provisions related to Appended Table of Japan’s Foreign Exchange Order, hereinafter referred to as the “Exchange Order,” and Appended Table 1 of the Export Trade Control Order, hereinafter referred to as the “Control Order”).
  • The orders are to be revised to add mercury and other substances to the regulatory list under the Minamata Convention on Mercury, hereinafter referred to as the “Minamata Convention” (provisions related to Appended Table 2 of the Control Order).

The details of the revision are as follows:

Provisions related to Appended Table of the Exchange Order

  • Modification of the regulatory list concerning technologies for designing and producing ceramics and other items (Revision of column 5, (iii) of Appended Table of the Exchange Order)
  • Deletion of technologies for producing aromatic polyamide fibers from the regulatory list (Deletion of column 5, (vi) of Appended Table of the Exchange Order)

Provisions related to Appended Table 1 of the Control Order

  • Addition of gas turbines used for control devices for propellants to the regulatory list (Revision of column 4, (v) and new addition of column 4, (v)-2 of Appended Table 1 of the Control Order)
  • Modification of the regulatory list concerning titanium boride and semi-finished ceramic products (Revision of column 5, (xiii) of Appended Table 1 of the Control Order)
  • Modification of the regulatory list concerning signal generators (Revision of column 7, (xii) of Appended Table 1 of the Control Order)
  • Modification of the regulatory list concerning vessels such as Surface-effect vehicles (Revision of column 12, (i) of Appended Table 1 of the Control Order)
  • Addition of devices that are necessary for the control of spacecraft and are installed on the ground to the regulatory list (New addition of column 13, (ii)-2 of Appended Table 1 of the Control Order)

Provisions related to Appended Table 2 of the Control Order

  • Addition of mercury and other substances regulated by the Minamata Convention to the list (New addition of column 35, (iv) of Appended Table 2 of the Control Order)

Note: In line with the revisions to the Exchange Order and the Control Order, revisions will also be made to related ministerial ordinances, public notices, and other documents.

2. Future schedule

Promulgation date: July 31 (Fri.), 2015
Enforcement dates: October 1 (Thu.), 2015 (provisions related to Appended Table of the Exchange Order and Appended Table 1 of the Control Order)
Date on which the Minamata Convention takes effect in Japan (provisions related to Appended Table 2 of the Control Order)

Release date

July 28, 2015

Division in Charge

Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau

  • Trade Control Policy Division for information on the provisions related to Appended Table 2 of the Control Order
  • Security Export Control Policy Division for information on the provisions related to Appended Table of the Exchange Order and Appended Table 1 of the Control Order

Related Information

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Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
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