Japanese Police Raid Tokyo Trading Company

Japanese police on Friday raided a trading company in Tokyo suspected of illegally exporting equipment to

North Korea that could be used to create biological weapons, police and news reports said. The company, Seishin Shoji, allegedly exported a freeze dryer that could be used to cultivate germs or other pathogens for possible weapons, Kyodo News reported, citing police. Seishin Shoji is suspected of shipping the equipment to North Korea through Taiwan in September 2002, without obtaining the government permission required under the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Control Law, Kyodo said. Full Story

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