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Weapons and Imitation Weapons

Note: You must comply with all laws including, but not limited to, the Firearms and Swords Act of Japan and applicable local ordinances ("applicable laws"), when selling weapons or any other product on Amazon.co.jp.

While Amazon permits some of those products, certain jurisdictions may restrict the export, import, or sale of those products. For example, approval by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Infrastructure is required for exporting/importing or otherwise providing certain products or technologies regulated by the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act of Japan.

You are responsible for obtaining all required licenses and permits and are liable for any penalties resulting from non-compliance.

US Regulation

Certain weapons are considered "defense" items subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of State and are controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR"). Exports (as defined in the Amazon Services Business Solutions Agreement and 22 C.F.R. 120.1, which include release to "foreign persons" inside or outside the United States) of all items governed by the ITAR require a license, a license exemption, or other approval from the U.S. Department of State. Non-compliance with the ITAR can result in civil penalties as high as $500,000 per violation, criminal penalties up to $1,000,000 and 10 years imprisonment per violation, and/or a bar from conducting business with U.S. companies.

"Dual-use" weapons (i.e., having both defense and civilian use purposes) may be subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Commerce and controlled under the Export Administration Regulations. An export license or other approval from the U.S. Department of Commerce may be required. Non-compliance with the EAR can result in civil penalties as high as $250,000 per violation or twice the amount of the transaction that is the basis of the violation, criminal penalties up to $1,000,000 in fines and 20 years imprisonment per violation, and/or loss of export privileges.

For more information, please refer to Amazon.com’s help page.

Ammunition

Note: Amazon prohibits the listing or sale of firearm ammunitions.

Examples of permitted listings

  • Bullets that does not contain lead or gunpowder such as:
    • BB
  • Ammunition components such as:
    • Empty casings

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Ammunition, such as:
    • Black powder
    • Blanks
    • Bullets
    • Bullet tips
    • Gun powder
    • Primers
    • Shotgun shells

Explosives

Note: Amazon prohibits the listing or sale of explosive devices.

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Explosives, such as:
    • Flares, flare launchers, flare guns, flare gun receivers
    • Grenades, such as:
      • Grenade launchers
      • Military practice grenades
      • Mines
      • Rifle grenades
      • Smoke grenades
    • Projectile and concussive products that employ gunpowder or explosives
    • Certain explosive precursors and products containing these explosive precursors

Firearms

Note: Amazon prohibits the listing or sale of all firearms.

Examples of permitted listings

  • Toy guns and model guns that meet one of the following requirements:
    • Products made of materials other than metal (plastic, wood, etc.)
    • Products that have been taken both of the following measures if they are made of metal:

      (i) Parts of the gun cavities are completely covered with metal.

      (ii) Entire surfaces are colored white or yellow (gold) except for the part of grips.

  • Air guns and Airsoft guns that meet all of the following requirements:
    • The kinetic energy value of bullets does not exceed the regulatory standards stipulated by Firearms and Swords Act., Prefectural Ordinances Regarding the Healthy Development of Youths and/or all other applicable laws and ordinances (“laws and regulations”).
    • They shall be fired using low-pressure compressed air, compressed gases, compression springs and other reaction forces, and shall not fire metal bullets.
    • They must be legally possessed and sold in Japan based on laws and regulations, and do not fall under the examples of prohibited items listed below.

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Firearms, such as:
    • Machine handguns (handguns, pistols, short guns)
    • Automatic handguns, automatic rifles, machine guns, Assault rifles,
    • Rifles, Rifle guns,
    • Assault weapons,
    • Machine guns, shotguns,
    • Guns
    • Antique and collector guns
    • Sport guns
    • Hunting guns
    • Tranquilizer guns
    • Handmade handguns
    • Air guns and other propellant guns with the ability to fire metallic bullets defined by the Firearms and Swords Act.
  • Quasi-air guns, Air guns, Airsoft guns
    Note:

    For all air guns and airsoft guns must show the BB bullet diameters / caliber sizes and the bullet kinetic energy (Joule) values based on laws and regulations on the product detail pages. If not showed, listing and sales are prohibited regardless of the following regulatory requirements.

    E.g. BB bullet diameter/caliber: 6mm, bullet kinetic energy: 0.98J.

    • Air guns or airsoft guns with bullet kinetic energy values that exceed the standards stipulated in the Firearms and Swords Act. For example:

      (i) Products with BB bullet diameters of 6mm and bullet kinetic energies exceeding 0.98 Joules.

      (ii) Products with BB bullet diameters of 8mm and bullet kinetic energies exceeding 1.64 Joules.

      (iii) Products with BB bullet diameters of 113mm and bullet kinetic energies exceeding 2.64 Joules

    • Air guns or airsoft guns that meet both of the following conditions:

      (i) Air guns or airsoft guns with bullet kinetic energy values exceeding 0.135 Joules

      (ii) Black curtains (adult flags) are not installed. In the case that the black curtains are unable to be installed, the following cautions are not shown on the product detail page.

      • Age: 18 years or older.
      • Do not purchase this product if you are under 18 years of age.

  • Imitation handguns, simulated firearms, and related items
    • Cell phone cases and wallets resembling firearms
    • Metal toy guns / model guns. However, products that fall under both of the following conditions are excluded.

      (i) Parts of the gun cavities are completely covered with metal.

      (ii) Entire surfaces are colored white or yellow (gold) except for the part of grips.

    • Air guns, airsoft guns, toy guns, and model guns that meet all of the following conditions:

      (i) They are made of metal.

      (ii) They have similar shapes of rifles, machine guns, or handguns.

      (iii) They have strike devices.

  • Other related firearms
    • Matchlock guns, old guns
    • Slingshots, Slingshot pistols
    • Spearguns

Gun parts and Firearm accessories

Note: Amazon prohibits the listing or sale of certain gun parts and firearm and imitation firearm accessories.

Examples of permitted listings

  • Certain gun parts and accessories such as:
    • Butt plates
    • Holsters
    • Magazine loaders
    • Grips designed for toy guns
    • Scopes
    • Fixed stocks
    • Trigger guards

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Products marketed as assault weapon parts or accessories (e.g. reference to various assault weapon models)
  • Gun parts and accessories other than the above permitted parts and accessories, such as:
    • Gun conversion kits
    • Gun grips including foregrips such as:
      • Forend grips, front grips, and foregrips, ambidextrous foregrips
      • Angled foregrips
      • Folding, vertical, and tactical grips
    • Certain grip accessories, such as:
      • Grip pods, funnels, and extensions
    • Gun end plates and sling plates
    • Barrels shrouds, heat guards, hand guards, and vent cooling slots
    • Barrels
    • Battery assist levers
    • Camouflaging gun containers
    • Charging handles, latches, and assemblies
    • Chokes and choke tubes
    • Converters that can give a firearm automatic capability
    • Detachable carry handles and gun carry handles
    • Ejection port, ejection port covers, and dust covers
    • Frames
    • Gas blocks, gas tubes, and gas pistons
    • Kits that can be used to create gun magazine
    • Magazines and related items, such as:
      • Magazine components or extensions
      • Magazine cinches, couplers, connectors, dual mag holders, and dual mag clamps
    • Multi-bust trigger activators
    • Multi-rail systems, including quad rails and rail covers, free-floating and drop-in handguards
    • Muzzle tamers (Muzzle brake)
    • Recoil compensators
    • Receivers, including lower and upper receivers
    • Receiver extensions and pins
    • Selector levers, detents, and switches
    • Silencers, suppressors
    • Single point, 3-point, tactical, and quick detach slings
    • Sling plates and end plates
    • Slide fire stock and weapons kits
    • Solvent trap oil filter adapters
    • Any non-fixed stock, including telescoping, folding or collapsible stocks
    • Takedown pins, pivot pins, cam pins, and roll pins
    • Assault weapon and AR-specific tools, including vise blocks and bullet button tools
    • Threaded barrel adapters
  • All internal/moving gun parts, such as:
    • Bolt catch releases, assemblies, actuators, and battery assist levers
    • Bolt carriers, bolt pins, and buffer pins
    • Buffer tubes and related parts, and extension tubes
    • Firing pins, springs, and stops
    • Trigger, trigger assemblies, or fire control groups
    • Upgrade parts and replacement parts
    • Anti-walk pins

Knives and other bladed products

Note: Amazon policy prohibits the listing or sale of certain blade length / shape / material swords or knives, highly aggressive blades, knives disguised to look like harmless items.

Examples of permitted listings

  • Knives: typical cooking, such as:
    • Japanese Kitchen knives (Hocho)
    • Fruits knives
    • Kiridashi knives
    • Paper knives
    • Swiss army knives
    • Multi tool knives
    • Juttoku knives
    • Scissors
  • Hatchets. NOTE: Sword-shaped hatchets are prohibited for listing or sale as swords.
  • Axes
  • Fencing swords
  • Training knives that do not have sharp blades
  • Imitation swords/knives. NOTE: Excluding those made of steel or its equivalent.

Examples of prohibited listings

Note: All knives must show the blade lengths and materials on the product detail page. Knives that do not show them may be subject to prohibition regardless of the requirements below.

  1. Following knives that are made from steel (steel, stainless steel, etc.) or materials with equivalent performance (including titanium, ceramics, etc.).
    1. Knives that are regulated by the blade lengths and shapes:
      1. Double edged knives with the Blade lengths of 5.5cm or longer (knives that have blade on the both side regardless their symmetricity)
      2. Single edged knives with the blade lengths of more than 6cm and less than 15cm. Exceptions: the following cautions shown on the product detail page will exempt otherwise prohibited lethal knives:
        • It is prohibited by law to carry this product without a legitimate reason.
        • Do not purchase this product if you are under 18 years of age.
      3. Double or single edged knives with the blade lengths of 15cm or longer.
  2. Following knives that are made from steel (steel, stainless steel, etc.) or materials with equivalent performance (including titanium, ceramics, etc.), or other metals (including copper, zinc alloy, duralumin, etc.)
    1. Knives specified by prefectural ordinances as harmful to minors. Such as:
      1. Pen knives
      2. Butterfly knives
      3. Dagger knives
      4. Boots knives
      5. Push dagger
      6. Divers Knives
      7. Throwing knives
    2. Other knives of high aggressivity
      1. Automatic or switchblade knives, such as:
        • Automatic knives
        • Spring Knives
        • Spring Assist Knives
        • Push button knives
        • Ejector knives
        • Switchblade knives
        • Automatic Folding Knives
        • Ballistic knives
        • Spetsnaz Knives / Ballistic Knives
        • Pilm ballistic knives
      2. Gravity (assist) knives, such as:
        • Inertia Knives
        • Messer Knives
      3. Knuckle knives, such as:
        • Fixed or foldable knives with knuckle guard
        • Claw knives
        • Karambit knives
    3. Swords, daggers and knives that look like harmless items, such as:
      • Cane-sword
      • Shobi-zue (a staff, crutch, stick, rod, or pole concealing a knife or blade within it)
      • Swordsticks
      • Belt buckle knives
      • Comb knives or hairbrush knives
      • Lipstick (case) Knives
      • Card knives (card sharp)
    4. Other products with blades
      1. Throwing stars, including:
        • Shuriken
        • Shuriken typed finger (hand) spinner
        • Throwing cards
        • Batman symbols
        • Cyclone Knives
      2. “Slasher” knives or other devices used in cockfighting
  3. Knives made of a material hardly detected as metal, or knives designed to be hidden, such as:
    1. Stealth knives
  4. Other knives that has been identified as lethal weapon

Other products

Note: Amazon prohibits the listing or sale of blunt weapons or other dangerous weapons.

Examples of permitted listings

  • Handcuffs
  • Night vision scope (excluding those requiring permission for import or export)
  • Pepper spray
  • Tactical pens

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Clubs, billy clubs (nightsticks), paddy wackers, and weighted clubs
  • Certain martial arts items, such as:
    • Brass, plastic, or metal knuckles, including spiked keychains and rings or any product over a knuckle intended for striking a person.
    • Nunchaku (also known as nun chucks)
    • Tonfas
    • Kusari-fundo (also known as manrikis)
  • Mace
  • Projectile stun guns and TASER guns
  • Slingshots
  • Crossbows, Bowguns
  • Weapons designed to be concealed
  • Weapons or other items intended solely for law enforcement or military use
  • Products that incorporate Class IIIb lasers and Class IV lasers (See also Laser Pointers and Related Products)

Additional useful information (in Japanese)

Metropolitan Police Department:

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