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Japan to restrict foreign investment in domestic tech over leak fears

Rush to shore up national security follows US squeeze on Chinese investors

Semiconductors will be among the products covered by Japan's new rules. (Nikkei Montage/Reuters)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is set to tighten restrictions on foreign investors buying into domestic high-tech manufacturers, in a move that hews closely to the U.S. and its hard-line policy on investments from China.

Under Japan's plan, to be implemented by the end of this year, any investment in makers of technology products like PCs, mobile phones and chips could be blocked if it is deemed a national security threat. This will require an amendment to the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act.

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