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Japan bans Huawei and its Chinese peers from government contracts

Move aligns with US, prompting ‘serious concerns’ and protests of 'discrimination'

Japan's new procurement guidelines, which do not single out any company by name, are designed to prevent leaks of sensitive information.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's central government ministries and Self-Defense Forces received guidelines on Monday that effectively bar them from buying personal computers, servers and telecommunications equipment from Huawei Technologies and other Chinese companies.

The guidelines, which do not single out any company by name, are designed to prevent leaks of sensitive information. They also put Japan in step with the U.S., which has imposed sanctions on Chinese companies for their dealings with Iran and other matters. Huawei is suspected of flaunting the sanctions and exporting products to Iran.

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