A machine maker based in Yokohama City found itself in the headlines in 2020 when police arrested the president and two other men for allegedly exporting a device that was subject to strict security controls. They maintained their innocence but were detained for almost a year. One man died during that time. It was only through rigorous testing by employees at the firm that prosecutors were finally convinced to drop the case. We examined how the investigation was distorted by the increasingly tense economic security environment around Japan.
Hosokawa Masahiko (Professor, Meisei University)