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LDP pushes for restrictions on TikTok

  • July 29, 2020
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei wrote that a group of LDP lawmakers held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of developing legislation to restrict the use of TikTok and other Chinese-developed social media apps in Japan. The group is planning to submit to the GOJ in August its recommendations to restrict Chinese apps in order to protect Japan’s economic security in close cooperation with the United States. The paper noted that Secretary of State Pompeo said in a television interview in early July that people should only download TikTok “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party” and that India announced that it was banning the app in June. Akira Amari, who is leading the LDP discussions on the matter, said at the meeting: “If the Japanese government and companies do not adopt a framework for security clearance, we could be excluded from international joint research and the exchange of talent with the United States and Europe.” All other national dailies ran similar reports.

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