Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Pre-License End-Use Check
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SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON APPLICATION 050099140
REF: A. IIR 6 852 0244 08
B. BLUE LANTERN GUIDEBOOK 2006
1. This is an Action Request. See paragraphs 2-4.
2. The Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests post's assistance in conducting
a pre-license check on application 050099140 for the export
of naval vessel parts to Japan. Post is requested to
complete this Blue Lantern check within 30 days. Lack of
response to a Blue Lantern check will affect pending and
future applications involving parties to this license.
3. Reason for request: recent media reports about bribery
and corruption scandals involving former Yamada company
officials (see also ref a). PM/DTCC would like to know if
there have been any changes in Yamada's status as a defense
contractor/supplier for the Japanese MOD. PM/DTCC also would
like reassurance that the company is a reliable recipient of
United States Munitions List (USML) articles and technology.
Post should make inquiries with appropriate officials to
verify the bona fides of Yamada and its status as an official
supplier of the Japanese MOD, and to confirm the legitimacy
of the transaction proposed by application 050099140. The
following questions are provided as suggested guidance:
For the Japanese MOD:
--Did you order from Yamada the exact type and quantity of
items listed on this application?
--What is Yamada's current status vis-a-vis the Japan MOD?
Have recent media reports about Yamada's past activities had
any impact on the company's current contracts or eligibility
an official supplier/contractor for the Japan MOD?
--Does the company have proper supporting documentation,
including purchase orders from the Japan MOD, for this
--Have recent media reports about Yamada's past activities
had any impact on the company's current contracts or
eligibility an official supplier/contractor for the Japan MOD?
--What actions, if any, is Yamada taking in response to the
recent media reports?
--Has Yamada discovered any indications that current or
former company officials ordered the unauthorized re-transfer
or misuse of United States Munitions List (UMSL) articles or
technology imported from he United States?
--Does the company understand the restrictions on USML items,
especially the prohibition against unauthorized re-transfers
4. Department requests that post conduct a site visit to the
company in order to provide Department with an assessment of
its business operations and on-site security. If a site
visit is not possible, please inform PM/DTCC case officer.
Finally, post is asked to assess whether the company appears
to be a reliable recipient of USML items. End action.
5. For background, the following details of the license in
question are provided:
DTC Case: 050099140
3 Connector (Part number 508/4/28206/011)
1 Connector (Part number 531/4/01061/003)
1 Connector (Part number 531/4/01062/200)
4 Sleeve (Part number 998/4/84984/105)
18 Battery Lithium (Part number 535/4/00002/001)
License Value: USD 1,035.00
Avex Aerospace Corporation
361 Van Ness Way Suite 303
Torrance, CA 90501
Company contact: Teresa Nakashima, tel. 310-803-8823
6-1, 1-Chome Roppongi
The Ministry of Defense of Japan
5-1, Ichigaya Honmura-cho
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8801
Replacement parts for Nautis-M data system used on MSC (Mine
Sweeper Coastal) Vessel owned and operated by the Ministry of
Defense of Japan.
6. Submitted in support of the license application were the
following documents (PM/DTCC can fax documentation to post
--Purchase order #58314/511P87950EKD from Yamada Corporation
to Avex Aerospace Corp., signed by Osamu Okabe, Deputy
Director, Defense & Aerosapce Components, dated 2/28/2008
7. Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the case number in
the subject line. POC is Judd Stitziel, PM/DTCC, Phone:
202-663-3455; email: StitzielJD@state.gov; SIPRNET:
StitzielJD@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref)
is available as a PDF file in the Bunche Library's Electronic
Library collection on the DOS Intranet:
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%2520 final .pdf
8. Department is grateful for post's assistance in this