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Japan. 2020 ‘Manufacture: Ordnance Manufacturing Law.’ Outline of National Laws, Regulations and Decrees. New York NY: Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations. 1 January

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The Law (promulgated on August 1, 1953, Law No. 145) aims to coordinate manufacture activity of ordnance and regulate manufacture, sales, etc. of ordnance and hunting guns in order to operate healthy national economy and ensure public safety (Article 1).


In this Law "ordnance" is defined as firearms, their ammunition, explosives and mechanical device that drops or ejects explosives, or their parts (Article 2).

Manufacture of ordnance requires permission by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (Articles 3 & 4).

Violation of manufacture of guns is liable to penalties of 3 years or more imprisonment. Violation for profit is liable to penalties of life imprisonment or 5 years or more imprisonment, or life imprisonment or 5 years or more (Article 31).

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