On May 26, 2010, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry ("METI") updated the End User List of their website. The End User List is a list of entities that may be involved in the development, manufacturing, use and storage of weapon of mass destruction ("WMD") such as nuclear, chemical, bacteriological weapons, and missiles. The updating of the list is usually undertaken once a year.
The number of entities in the updated list increased from last year's 247 to 272. The updated list consists of 34 new entities, while 9 entities were deleted. The net increase is therefore 25 entities. The new entities added are mostly from Iran and North Korea. There are no Japanese entities in the list. Hence, this list is also know as "Foreign User List". The update list can be downloaded from METI web site.
(The name of deleted entities are also available from the bottom end part of this URL.)
The Foreign User list is not an embargo list but an indicative list for METI to determine whether an export license is necessary or not under the Catch-All export control regulation. The entities listed may have or previously had concern regarding WMD or proliferation activities. Export items which are apparently used for purposes other than WMD related activities may not be required to have an export license. Business are encouraged to closely check the end-use purpose when exporting to these entities to determine whether an export license is needed.