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Japan to tighten vetting of potential defense contractors to protect classified information

  • June 21, 2019
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei led with a plan by the Defense Ministry to require companies seeking defense contracts to provide detailed company profiles, including capital structures, mechanisms for protecting secrets, and backgrounds and nationalities of persons in charge of bidding, with the goal of preventing defense secrets from being leaked to China and other powers. As Japan has teamed up with the U.S. to develop defense hardware and Washington has been demanding that its allies take national security risks into consideration in government procurement, the daily said the ministry has decided to adopt strict measures to safeguard defense secrets so as to ensure continued U.S. support for intelligence sharing and joint development of defense equipment. Up until now, Japan’s screening of potential defense contractors has been less stringent than that of the U.S. and European countries.      

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