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The World

December 27, 1987

Another Japanese trading firm was charged with selling high-tech electronic machinery to a Communist country, the Kyodo News Service reported. The latest incident involves the Tomei Commercial Co. of Osaka, accused of shipping $74,000 worth of restricted synchroscopes and micro-frequency counters to North Korea in 1985 and 1986. Japan has been under U.S. pressure to tighten export controls since the disclosure in April that a subsidiary of the Toshiba Corp. sold sophisticated milling machines that enabled the Soviet Union to reduce the noise level of submarine propellers. Since then, Japan has disciplined another firm for selling computers and integrated circuits to China.

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