The Commerce Department's Bureau of Export Administration ("BXA") announced that Hideo Nakagawa, a Japanese citizen, was arrested today in Los Angeles, California by BXA enforcement agents. A warrant for Nakagawa's arrest was issued after a federal grand jury sitting in Washington, D.C. indicted Nakagawa and the Hakko Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, on charges of participating in a conspiracy to export controlled Generation II night vision equipment from the United States to Japan in violation of the Export Administration Regulations.
Generation II night vision equipment of the type allegedly exported by Nakagawa and the Hakko Co., Ltd. in Japan is standard issue for many U.S. National Guard and Reserve Units.
Nakagawa and Hakko Co., Ltd. each have been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and with seven violations of the Export Administration Regulations for failing to obtain the required export licenses for the night vision equipment. Nakagawa is scheduled to appear today before a U.S. Magistrate in Los Angeles.
BXA administers and enforces export controls for reasons of national security, foreign policy, nonproliferation, anti-terrorism, and short supply. Criminal penalties and administrative sanctions can be imposed for violations of the Export Administration Regulations.
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Michael J. Garcia commended Special Agent David Poole from BXA's Boston Field Office, who investigated the case in cooperation with agents from BXA's Intelligence and Field Support Division and agents from the U.S. Customs Service.