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Japanese government to stop buying Chinese drones

Cybersecurity requirements aim to protect data for defense and infrastructure

Japan's tightened regulations on drone procurement will essentially shut out Chinese-made devices from public agencies.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will adopt stronger security requirements for drones used in defense and infrastructure surveillance next fiscal year, a move that will essentially shut out Chinese-made devices from government procurement. 

Starting in April, all Japanese agencies will have their drone purchases screened in advance by the Cabinet Secretariat. The requirement also will apply to some independent governmental bodies like the Japan Pension Service. The agencies also agreed to enact measures to protect data aboard the drones.

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