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Japan. 2010 ‘Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing.’ 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 2, p. 2. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations. 1 January
1. Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing
Japan is considering to revise laws and regulations in order to prohibit manufacturing and transferring Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) which are not marked or inappropriately marked.
Japan undertakes measures to duly mark all SALW possessed by the government.
It is not required to mark a name of the manufacturer on each SALW under "Ordnance Manufacturing Law." However, all manufacturers mark a serial number on each SALW due to the practical necessity on their business. On the other hand, no export of arms is permitted in principle even when they are marked.
Under "Explosives Control Law," measures for tracing of ammunition and explosives are not regulated from viewpoints of their identification and tracing…
Serial numbers are marked on SALW possessed by the government, and registered
numbers are marked on SALW possessed by civilians licensed under the Prefectural
Public Safety Commissions. In addition, names of manufacturers, types of weapons, dates of manufacture, names of manufactured states, specific sign such as those of the Self Defence Forces, etc, may be marked.