It has been widely reported that the sale of “luxury goods” (奢侈品) to North Korea has been panned by the Japanese government, but I have seen only example of what “luxury goods” consists of in the English media. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has a complete list avaliable on their web site(PDF), dated November 14. See below for my rough translation of this list.
As you read this list, consider which of them is so essential and valuable that you would not be willing to trade it for a nuclear bomb.
Limited to frozen items
2 Tuna Fillets
Fish fillets (limited to items decided through indication by the minister of METI)
3 Caviar and substitutes
Caviar and caviar substitutes made from fish eggs
Manufactured tobacco and substitutes for manufactured tobacco
Perfume and eau de cologne
Thinks you put on your skin for beautification or makeup (including sunscreen, not including medicine.) Manicure and pedicure products.
8 Leather bags and clothing
Trunks, suitcases, bags for carrying around makeup, executive cases, document bags, school bags, and other containers like this. (Limited to things with a leather exterior, combination leather, or patent leather.)
Handbags (Limited to things with a leather exterior, combination leather, or patent leather.)
Wallets and other products which are always carried inside a pocket or handbag. (Limited to things with a leather exterior, combination leather, or patent leather.)
Clothing and things attached to clothing (Limited to things with a leather exterior, combination leather, or patent leather.)
9 Fur products
Overcoats and other products made of fur
Rugs and other woven products
11 Crystal glass
Cups made of lead glass
12 Precious stones
13 Precious metals
14 Worked precious metals
Natural or cultured pearls, precious stones, semi precious stones, special metals (silver, gold, white gold, iridium, osmium, palladium, rhodium, and ruthenium. Same for below.) and products made from these metals.
15 Portable information devices
Automatic data processing devices for portable use (at the very least, limited to devices made from central processing units, keyboards, and displays.)
16 Audio/video devices and software
Microphone stands, amplifiers, headphones and earphones, and items that combine microphones and amplifiers
Audio playback and recording devices, video recorders and playback devices, and parts and accessories.
Media for audio recording (exempting photograph and film items, including audio recording and other types.)
Video camera recorder and digital cameras
Radio broadcasters and receivers (including wireless phones and things that can receive wireless transmissions.)
Television receiving devices (limited to color ones, that have been designated by the METI Minister.) and video monitors (limited to color ones) and video projectors.
Motorcycles (including mopeds) and motorized bicycles
19 Motorboats, yachts, etc.
Yachts and other boats for pleasure or sports, and canoes
20 Cameras and devices for film
Cameras (limited to single lens reflex cameras)
Movie cameras and projectors
Projectors, photographic enlargers, photographic compressors (exempting film use.)
Screens for projection use
21 Wristwatches, etc.
Wristwatches, watches, and other portable clocks (including stop watches)
Instruments and accessories and attachments for such.
23 Fountain pens
24 Art objects, collectibles, antiques
Art objects, collectibles and antiques