Police raided the Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords and three other locations Wednesday on suspicion of illegally possessing some 400 unregistered samurai swords, police said.
The society voluntarily submitted the swords, excluding decomposed ones, after finding 592 of mostly rusty Japanese swords without registration cards in February and March last year when they checked storage areas for repair work, the society said. Under the Swords and Firearms Control Law, owners are required to have their swords registered as art objects at prefectural boards of education.
Got that? It's basically a friggin' museum, but Deity Forbid they have something that isn't registered with the gummint; that's just not tolerable!
What the hoplophobes want: objects blamed for and banned for what people do; partly because "It's just right!" and largely because it makes people easier to control.