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Japan's defense contractors to use US cybersecurity standards

Measure aims to prevent weapons technology spilling to China

Hundreds of Japanese companies involved in making tanks and other military vehicles could be affected by forthcoming data protection rules.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will soon require its defense contractors to implement U.S. security standards to safeguard their data against cyberattacks, Nikkei has learned.

Around 300 contractors, such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, that do business directly with the Ministry of Defense will be required to submit data protection plans and undergo compliance checks.

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