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Ex-Sekisui Chemical researcher suspected of leaking smartphone technology to Chinese company

  • October 14, 2020
  • , The Japan News , 12:31 p.m.
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A former researcher of Osaka-based major housing chemical company Sekisui Chemical Co. is suspected of leaking classified company information to a Chinese company.


Osaka police on Tuesday sent the case to prosecutors on the 45-year-old man, who is suspected of violating the Unfair Competition Prevention Law.


According to investigators, the man is accused of unlawfully obtaining plans and other data on the company’s smartphone-related technology from August 2018 to January 2019, when he was a researcher at Sekisui Chemical, and sending it to Chinese communication equipment maker Chaozhou Three-Circle Group Co.


The technology involves conductive fine particles, which are used to detect finger movement on the display of a smartphone.


Police said the man has admitted to the charges.


Sekisui Chemical discovered the alleged crime during an internal investigation, and punitively dismissed the man while filing a complaint with the police.

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