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Japan. 2010 ‘Outline of National Criminal Offences Relating to Illicit SALW - Explosives Control Law.’ National Report of Japan on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA); Chapter 3, p. 11. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations. 1 January

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Outline of National Laws, Regulations and Decrees

Explosives Control Law:

The Law (promulgated on May 4, 1950, Law No. 149) aims to regulate the manufacture, sales, stockpiling, transportation, consumption, etc. of explosives in order to prevent explosives-related disasters and to ensure public safety (Article 1).

In this Law "explosives" are defined as "gunpowder," "explosives" and "related products" (Article 2-1).

Manufacture of explosives requires permission by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in principle. Sale of explosives requires permission by the Prefectural Governor in principle (Articles 3, 4 & 5).

Stockpile of explosives is required to be in magazine in principle (Article 11). Transfer of explosives requires permission by the Prefectural Governor in principle (Articles 17).

Possession of explosives is not permitted except for cases conforming to laws and orders or particular cases (Article 21).

Import of explosives requires permission by the Prefectural Governor. The Prefectural Governor shall not give the permission if the purpose of import is not clear or the import adversely affects public security (Article 24).

Violation of manufacture (Article 3 & 4), sale (Article 5), import (Article 24) etc. is liable to penalties of 3 years or less imprisonment or a fine of up to 1 million yen, or both (Article 58).

Violation of stockpile (Article 11, 13 and 15), transfer (Article 17), sale (Article 18), possession (Article 21, 23, 30, 33, 27 and 38) etc. is liable to penalties of 1 year or less imprisonment or a fine of up to 500 thousands yen, or both (Article 59).

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