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Japan to tighten ownership reporting rules to boost national security

An interior view of an LCD panel factory in Chiba, Japan.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) -- Japan will tighten reporting requirements for foreign investment in industries related to national security, officials said on Tuesday, reflecting broad concern that China could gain access to key technology and confidential information.

Under the change, expected to become a law next year, foreign investors in Japan's defense industry, nuclear power, utilities and telecoms will have to report holdings once they amass a 1% stake in a company, as against 10% now.

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