On August 1st, 2012, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (“METI”) announced the update of the Weapon of Massive Destruction (“WMD”) Proliferation concerned party list. The concerned party list has been updated annually, and an exporter in Japan is required to screen its importer or end-user as Catch-all control compliance activity. The update list is available in METI web site as follows: http://www.meti.go.jp/policy/anpo/law_document/tutatu/t09kaisei/120801EUL/t09kaisei_userlist_kohyo.pdf
The updated list covers ten countries and region, total 449 entities. The additional restricted parties are 75 entities since last update, and naturally enough, most of them are entities in Iran and North Korea.
For traders, the deleted entities in update of this time may be of interest. They are as follows, which were on the list until July 31, 2012, but are no longer on the list.
India: Department of Atomic Energy (“DAE”)
India: Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd. (“MIDHANI”)
Pakistan: Crescent Engineering Services (Pvt) Ltd.
Pakistan: Engineering and Commercial Services
Pakistan: Institute of Space Technology (“IST”)
Pakistan: Lodgeaction (Pvt) Ltd.
Pakistan: Matrix Technical Services (Pvt) Ltd.
Pakistan: University of Engineering and Technology
China: BVE China Air Technology（北京必威易創基科技有限公司）
Please be noted, this WMD Proliferation concerned party list are not embargo list. As long as it is obvious the transaction is NOT relating to WMD activities, no individual export license application to METI is required. However, trader should take reasonable care about the end-use screening in the trade with listed entities.