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Executives Resign after Subordinate’s Alleged Sales to Soviets

September 9, 1987

TOKYO (AP) _ Two executives of a Japanese aircraft instruments company resigned after one of their subordinates allegedly sold information to Soviet officials, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

Kosaku Shibata, executive director of Tokyo Aircraft Instrument Co., and Nobuo Itakura, head of the company’s operations department, resigned Aug. 31, company spokesman Yasuo Shimizu said.

Five other ranking company officials, including President Atsutake Wada, were given pay cuts of up to 15 percent, Shimizu said.

He said the disciplinary measures were taken because the alleged sales by Minoru Shimizu, former head of the company’s export division, ″caused a stir in society and among our business customers.″

The spokesman and Minoru Shimizu are not related.

In late July, police filed charges against Minoru Shimizu with the Tokyo district public prosecutor’s office on suspicion of theft. Police said Shimizu allegedly took data and information about flying management systems and other aircraft instruments from his company without permission and supplied it to Soviet officals between April 1986 and early July.

A flying management system guides aircraft to the best course and altitude based on wind conditions.

Police said Minoru Shimizu may have received $65,800 from Soviet vice trade representative Yuri G. Pokrovsky and Aeroflot official Yuri N. Demidov for the sales.

In August, the Japanese government expelled Pokrovsky after he refused to answer police questions about the alleged purchases. Demidov had already returned home in June, 1986.

Tokyo Aircraft Instrument Co. produces instruments and fixtures for both commercial and military planes, including F-15 jet-fighters and P3C anti- submarine patrol planes, for the Japanese Defense Agency.

Japan has no anti-espionage laws.

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