Japanese police raided the offices of Yamaha Motor Co. on January 23 after the government filed a criminal complaint against the company over its sale of small helicopters to China.
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said it has been investigating Yamaha Motor on suspicion that it had exported and tried to export the RMAX Type IIG without required government permission. The government suggests the small, unmanned crop-spraying machines could have military uses.
While admitting that Yamaha had exported nine of the crop-spraying machines to China since August 2002, a Yamaha spokesperson denied any wrongdoing. “We have carried out the proper procedures for exports and have not violated the law,” the spokesperson said.
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