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MATSUE, Shimane Pref. (Kyodo) Police searched about 10 locations Friday linked to a Tokyo-based trading house that allegedly illegally exported to North Korea a freeze-dryer that has possible applications in biological weapons development.

Investigators from the Yamaguchi and Shimane prefectural police raided the offices of trading house Seishin Shoji and the residence of its 48-year-old president, both located in Tokyo’s Arakawa Ward.

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