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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.

This should be included in economic security legislation set to be submitted to parliament in 2022, Akira Amari said, warning that current law could "become an obstacle to securing a technological advantage."

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