Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
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. 3. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations. 1 January
1. Marking, Record Keeping and Tracing
Records of all marked SALW are kept. Information of records including serial numbers, registered numbers, types, models, information of manufacture, numbers of manufacture, dates of manufacture and dealers of SALW are kept as necessary. The records are mainly kept in files.
"Explosives Control Law" does not stipulate regulations on record keeping of ammunition and explosives from viewpoints of their identification and tracing. However, it provides that manufacturers and sellers of ammunition and explosives should record their types and amounts, dates of trades, and names and addresses of customers on the books, from viewpoints to manage explosives properly and prevent explosives-related disasters.
Information of this marking enables concerned authorities to identify and trace weapons.
[SALW = small arms and light weapons]