Toshiba Machine and ITOCHU exported NC equipment and software for controlling eight machine tools and machine tools to the Soviet Union’s Technical Machinery Import Corporation from December 1982 to 1984 through the so-called dummy company Wako Trading. bottom. The export of this high-performance model machine was naturally banned as a violation of the Coordinating Committee for Export Control of Communities (Cocom).
However, Toshiba Machine and ITOCHU exported the machine itself to the Soviet Union from 1982 to 1983, and the modified software was exported in 1984.
Toshiba Machine and Itochu Corporation, as well as Wako Trading Co., Ltd., created a fake export license application stating that the machines to be exported are large vertical lathes with simultaneous 2-axis control, and signed a contract to reassemble them overseas.
The federal government of the United States learned of the deal at the end of 1986 in a secret notice from an employee of Wako Trading.
Immediately, Toshiba was inspected by the US Department of Commerce. At the same time, a boycott of Toshiba products that violated Cocom occurred in North America. At a demonstration by a member of the US Congress, a scene in which a Toshiba laptop computer was smashed by a hammer was shown on TV.
Even at this point, many Toshiba employees didn’t know what had happened.
At that time, Toshiba President Aoi stated that he would follow all the instructions of the US government.
Immediately, Toshiba took the stance of following the guidance of the US Department of Commerce.
First, all Toshiba departments had to report what they were doing as a Cocom product check.
In fact, the people in the international division knew what the restrictions were on Cocom, but the factory guys had no idea what to do. ”
However, the U.S. Department of Commerce has said that all departments should check documents to see if they are shipping Cocom products.
We officials insisted that it was meaningless, but that didn’t work.
From the time of ordering to shipping, the departments involved had to check that all the products and parts they shipped were applicable to Cocom and record them on paper.
Therefore, the order entry system I created was very useful.
If it weren’t for this system, it would be horrifying to think how much time it would have taken.
When this system was completed, that Miss. Yatsushiro, who was in control of the sales prospect alone, was also a member of our team.