Saturday’s Yomiuri reported on the disclosure by several sources involved in U.S.-Japan relations that the two governments have agreed to launch high-level dialogue on issues related to economic security, such as 5G, trade in dual-use technology, foreign investment in strategic sectors, and third-country students and scholars at U.S. and Japanese universities and research institutions. The first meeting is likely to be held later this year, with Cabinet Secretariat Councilor Fujii of the National Security Secretariat leading the Japanese delegation. The daily speculated that Washington is keen to enlist Tokyo’s support for its efforts to deter China’s pursuit of tech hegemony.
In a related development, all national papers reported over the weekend on the U.S. Commerce Department’s announcement on Friday regarding additional steps aimed at blocking the global supply of semiconductors to Huawei. Mainichi projected that Japanese and other foreign semiconductor manufacturers may lose business opportunities in China as they will be required to obtain a U.S. license before providing certain items to the Chinese tech giant if their products use American chip-making equipment.