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Sale of Used electronics banned in Japan

Secondhand retailers in Japan and auctions sites like eBay are likely to face tough times in Japan because of "denki youhin anzen hou" (denki means electrical, and anzen means safety).

Effective April 1, electrical appliances in Japan manufactured before fiscal 2002 will have to be certified for safety to be put on sale.

About 450 types of product will become illegal to sell without a PSE mark, meaning untold numbers of used electrical appliances, such as dryers and kotatsu heaters, will have to find a new home.

Although it may be extended to cover all electrical products someday (like LVD in Europe), only the items listed in the ministerial ordinance are covered by the Law at this time.

Read: Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law