August 24, 2006

Japan police plan arrests over nuclear parts: report

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo police were planning on Friday to
arrest several executives from a Japanese company suspected of
exporting equipment that could be used in producing nuclear
weapons, Kyodo news agency said.

Mitutoyo Corp., which produces precision measuring
equipment, is suspected of exporting to Malaysia without a
license two devices that could be used in uranium enrichment,
the report said.

Television showed police entering Mitutoyo premises in
Kawasaki, near Tokyo.

A police spokesman said he had no information on the
arrests, and no one answered the phone at the company's head

Police have been investigating possible export routes from
Japan after a device made by the firm was found at nuclear
facilities in Libya inspected by the International Atomic
Energy Agency between December 2003 and March 2004, media
reports said earlier this year.

Mitutoyo is also suspected of exporting equipment to Iran,
and police have raided an Iranian trading company in Tokyo in
connection with the case, Kyodo said.

Mitutoyo, founded in 1934, has some 2,300 employees in
Japan and 2,000 overseas.