13 May 2022 - The Japanese government announced banning the export of several product lines to Russia.



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Japan Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry, 13 May 2022. (ウクライナ情勢に関する外国為替及び外国貿易法に基づく措置を実施します(輸出貿易管理令の一部を改正))

Inception date: 20 May 2022 | Removal date: open ended

Export ban

On 13 May 2022, the Japanese Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced it was adding several product groups to a list of those not allowed to be exported to Russia. The ban was to go into effect from 20 May 2022, METI said.

The measure was taken out in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A METI press release announcing the changes stated that they were carried out 'in order for Japan to contribute to international efforts for international peace for resolving [the situation in Ukraine]'.

The specific list of goods enumerated 70 products that would be added to the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade act's list of goods subject to export restrictions. These were summarised in a press release thus:

  1. Catalysts for petroleum refining;
  2. Quantum computers and other devices utilising quantum characteristics, their auxiliary equipment and parts thereof;
  3. Electron microscopes, atomic force microscopes and other microscopes and equipment designed for use with these microscopes;
  4. Devices for additive manufacturing (3D printers) and powdered metals and metal alloys for use in these devices;
  5. Equipment for the manufacture of organic light-emitting diodes, organic field-effect transistors and organic photovoltaic cells;
  6. Equipment for the manufacture of micro-electro-mechanical systems;
  7. Hydrogen (limited to production using solar, wind and other renewable energies), and equipment for the production of fuels and conversion-efficient solar cells made from hydrogen (limited to those produced using solar, wind and other renewable energies)
  8. Vacuum pumps and vacuum gauges (related to quantum technology);
  9. Cooling equipment and auxiliary equipment designed for cryogenic temperatures and parts thereof (relating to quantum technology);
  10. Equipment for removing lids and encapsulating materials from integrated circuits;
  11. Photodetectors with high quantum yield (related to quantum technology);
  12. Machine tools and parts thereof and numerical control devices for machine tools;
  13. Materials that improve the difficulty of detection by electromagnetic waves (metamaterials), alloys consisting of several elements in approximately equal proportions (high-entropy alloys) and other advanced materials (partly related to quantum technology);
  14. Conductive polymers, semi-conductive polymers and high molecular weight polymers with field emission properties.

Please note that in some cases, the export ban applies to products only used for certain applications.