Japanese Government delays its ban on sale of used electronics 27/03/06
It may not be wildly known but the Japanese government had a law due to go into effect on April 1st that apparently banned the sale of used electronics - this would of course have included vintage synths.
This has expectedly caused a controversy in Japan with none other than Ryuichi Sakamoto coming out against the ban and electronic music fans taking to the streets in protest. The upshot of this is that the government have announced that they will not enforce the ban, at least for the time being.
Whether this is a good thing for those of us in the west, however, is not that clear cut because as the ban only applied to resellers selling to Japanese consumers we might have seen loads of tasty items that couldnâ€™t be sold in Japan winging their way over here at knockdown prices. Oh, well...