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Japan to screen defense contractors for data security, China risks

Huawei-made equipment likely to face barriers under new law

An F-15J fighter jet takes of from Komatsu air base in Japan. Tokyo will toughen its stance on information security in its defense supply chain. (Photo by Kei Higuchi)

TOKYO -- Japan will introduce a new screening process for defense procurement to safeguard against leaks of sensitive information, Nikkei has learned, in a move that will increase scrutiny on supply chains for missiles, ships and other equipment.

New legislation will be proposed to give the government authority to seek changes to existing defense procurement contracts if concerns are found at the supplier level. The aim is to begin the screening mandate in fiscal 2023.

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