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Colleges required to obtain permits for foreign students to access sensitive data 

  • October 27, 2021
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei led with a report claiming that METI has decided to alter the existing guidelines on the administration of the Foreign Exchange Law in order to mandate university authorities obtain its minister’s approval before foreign students are given access to sensitive data or technology with national security implications, such as semiconductor assembly equipment and robotics. The new policy, which is intended to block the outflow of key technological expertise primarily to China, will be applied starting in FY2022 to foreign students studying in Japan for six months or longer. The ministry is reportedly concerned that some Japanese colleges have failed to enforce tighter screening when accepting foreign students and researchers. 

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