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Japan plans security clearances similar to U.S. and Europe

Researchers handling dual-use tech stand to work more easily with colleagues abroad

A Japanese F-2 fighter jet. The government will encourage people who work with dual-use technologies to obtain the new security clearances.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will introduce a security clearance system to vet government and private-sector workers with access to sensitive information related to economic security, to ensure that companies that work with dual-use advanced technology can compete internationally.

Japan is the only Group of Seven member that lacks such security clearances. This risks shutting companies out of international forums or joint research projects in advanced fields where security is a concern.

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