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GOJ to support exports of undersea fiber optic cables

  • January 8, 2020
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri gave top play to a GOJ plan to assist Japanese companies in exporting undersea fiber optic cables in order to counter China’s growing presence in the field. Although 90% of the global market share of fiber optic cables is currently held by a Japanese firm, an American firm, and a French firm, Huawei and other Chinese rivals are aggressively making inroads into Southeast Asia and Africa. Given that almost 99% of global communications and data are transmitted through fiber optic cables laid along the seafloor, the daily explained that if China takes control of the underwater infrastructure, it will pose a security threat to the West. The GOJ is expected to offer government loans and insurance when local commercial enterprises market their products abroad. The daily added in a separate piece that Tokyo is set to coordinate closely with Washington to forestall China’s efforts to export such products to prevent classified data transmitted by undersea cables from being stolen by the Chinese.

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