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Japan to buy defense tech to prevent leaks from failing companies

Government to purchase classified equipment blueprints from contractors

Military tanks and other defense equipment are made by thousands of companies that the government fears may sell sensitive information if they get into financial trouble. (Photo by Kei Higuchi)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will offer to buy technical documents related to defense technologies from companies that are withdrawing from the business to prevent the leakage of such information, Nikkei learned on Monday.

The government will acquire and provide such documents free of charge to other Japanese companies capable of taking over defense supplies. The initiative is set to begin this year.

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