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Japan needs secret patents to guard national security: LDP's Amari

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Akira Amari, the secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, speaks with Nikkei at LDP headquarters on Oct. 12. (Photo by Suzu Takahashi)

TOKYO -- Japan needs a way to keep patents with national security implications from being made public, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's new secretary-general told Nikkei on Tuesday, bringing intellectual property into Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's economic security push.

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