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Japan tightens background screening of defense contractors

Checklist includes nationality, career and study-abroad history of personnel involved

A Japanese-built F-35A fighter jet is unveiled in Aichi Prefecture in 2017. (Photo by Takuya Imai)

TOKYO -- Japan will introduce the strictest screening standards to date for defense contractors, going as far as checking which country a worker studied abroad in, to prevent sensitive information from falling into foreign hands, in line with U.S. calls to address potential risks to national security.

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