Officials Arrested on Exporting Charges

By Staff Writer | February 23, 2007
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Three officials of Yamaha Motor in Tokyo have been arrested on suspicion of exporting small, crop-dusting helicopters to China. Japanese police officials said it was done with the knowledge that the helicopters could be used for military purposes. Police believe Yamaha exported seven or eight unmanned helicopters to an aerial photography company in Beijing, BVE, in December 2005 and were aware that the  helicopters could be modified for military use. In January 2006, Japanese police raided  Yamaha's offices after the government filed a criminal complaint, alleging the company had sold the helicopters without government permission for exporting high-tech machinery that could be used for military purposes. Yamaha has denied any wrongdoing.
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