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Trade war

Japan to ban government contracts for suppliers posing security risks

New procurement guidelines understood to target Huawei and other Chinese companies

The Japanese government has not singled out any companies explicitly, but it is understood that new procurment guidelines are aimed at Huawei and othe Chinese manufacturers.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will for the first time issue guidelines for the procurement of telecommunications equipment by central government ministries and the Self-Defense Forces, in an effort to prevent leaks of sensitive information.

These bodies have so far been free to choose suppliers based on price, but in light of recent developments, more emphasis will now be placed on national security risks.

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