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GOJ to ask firms in selected sectors not to procure Chinese telecom equipment

  • December 13, 2018
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei front-paged a story noting that the GOJ plans to ask the private sector not to use telecommunications equipment that may contain malicious programs intended to steal data and/or disrupt business operations. According to the daily, the GOJ will issue the request to companies and organizations in 14 areas, including financial services, aviation, railways, utilities, medicine, and distribution, based on the assessment that information leakage or disruption of services in these sectors as a result of malicious programs installed in such equipment could cripple the nation’s social and economic infrastructure. With the purported request, the GOJ is reportedly aiming to exclude telecom equipment produced by Chinese tech titans such as Huawei and ZTE. The paper added that the private sector will not necessarily be required to comply with the GOJ requests.

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