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Japan to bar leak-prone IT providers from government contracts

New certification rule likely to exclude Chinese players linked to state interference

The Diet building is pictured in Tokyo. (Photo by Yumi Kotani)

TOKYO -- Japan is moving to block companies seen at risk of data leaks from bidding for government contracts as the country migrates computer systems to the cloud.

The action comes as concern rises worldwide about the tech industry's relationship with foreign governments, particularly China's.

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