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Japan to label cloud services as critical for economic security

Tokyo to promote domestic players, with eye on cyberthreats

Cloud technology lets users access data and software without having to maintain physical servers on their premises.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan looks to designate cloud services as a priority for economic security comparable to semiconductors and pharmaceuticals, seeking to cultivate domestic providers in a field dominated by foreign players.

Tokyo worries that placing sensitive state information on foreign-run clouds threatens national security, and that overseas players may not respond quickly to cyberattacks in Japan.

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