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Japan moves to keep Huawei out of power grids and railways

Government calls on private sector to avoid vulnerable equipment

Critical infrastructure nationwide could be compromised if the systems of private companies were to be hacked.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will call on businesses and other organizations handling key infrastructure in 14 sectors to avoid buying communications equipment that are seen as vulnerable to leaks of sensitive information and system shutdowns in a move that in effect targets Chinese equipment makers Huawei Technologies and ZTE.

The government already has procurement guidelines for ministries and agencies that cover nine types of equipment, such as servers and terminals. Suppliers that had been chosen based on price will be scrutinized for security risks starting next April. 

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