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Security Export Control Policy Division,
Trade Control Department


Security Export Control in Japan



 In Japan, for the purpose of maintaining the peace and security of Japan and the international community, the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (the Act) controls exporting goods and transferring technologies. The Act requires anyone who wishes to export certain goods to certain regions and/or residents of Japan who wish to transfer certain technologies to non-residents to obtain the license from the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry if the transactions are specified by a Cabinet Order as having possibilities of obstructing the peace and security.


Goods and technologies (items) designated in the Cabinet Order to be subject to the controls are as follows;


- List control: arms and dual-use items that can be diverted to military use

- Catch-all control: all items except those subject to the list control, food products and timbers are subject to Catch-all control if it seems to be used for diversions to development, design, manufacture and storage of weapons of mass destruction(WMD) and/or missiles (unless items are going to 26 countries designated in the Cabinet Order).

One who is going to export/transfer such items is required to obtain an appropriate license from the Minister of Economy Trade and Industry[1].


Moreover, new regulations (Transshipment regulation and Brokering Trade transaction regulation) are effective on and after June 1, 2007. It should be noted that, in accordance with those new regulations, the stipulated items that fall within the scope of those regulations can’t be exported/transferred without an appropriate license from the Minister of Economy Trade and Industry in advance.



Once applications are filed, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) examines the applications and determines whether to grant them.



(Caution) To file application form and relevant documents in order for processing of METI, depending on the type, kind, specification and destination of the items involved, it is possible that exporters are required by METI to obtain documents from the intended end-users and submit them to METI.

It is, therefore, necessary that those who wish to receive the items prepare related documents if METI deems those documents necessary for license-examination processes. It is important that all parties involved submit complete and accurate information because license applications may be rejected if METI finds any of the information submitted by either exporters or end users incomplete or untrue.




Q1.How many days is the processing period?



A1. Standard processing period is 90 days after filing an application. Actual processing period, however, varies depending on each applied case, and may take longer period if correction or additional information is required. It generally takes 2-3 weeks to process an application of license after file.


 


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[1] There are two patterns that is necessary to apply for the license.

1. The exporters themselves judge whether the items subject to List Control/Catch-all Control or not.

2. The exporter is informed to be subject to Catch-all control by METI