The Japanese government has gone ahead and issued a ban on the sale of second hand electronic devices. The move has been initiated in an attempt to get rid of terrorism.
From April 1, 2006 onwards all electronics products manufactured prior to 2001 will no longer be allowed to be sold in the second hand market.
The government’s logic on this seems a little vague, it seems that they feel that a second hand gadget could be turned into a weapon in the right hands and banning their sale will stop this.
More suspicious minds are suggesting that the real reason is that electronics companies want people to buy new devices and have asked the government to thwart the sale of the old stuff.