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Japan borrows US playbook to prevent student espionage

Growth of international students raises fear of dual-use tech being leaked

Students walk at the University of Tokyo: Japan hosted 298,000 foreign students in May 2018, up 12% from a year earlier. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan will weigh stronger protections on technology with potential military uses at universities and research institutions, as the U.S. urges Tokyo to bolster oversight amid a surge in international students.

As an initial step, the government will study information security practices at American universities as well as the U.S. student visa program to identify potential weaknesses in Japan's safeguards.

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