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Japan to screen defense contractors for data security

Sunday’s Nikkei led with a report saying that the GOJ will introduce a new screening process for the procurement of missiles, ships, and other equipment through increased scrutiny of the reliability of contractors and their parts and equipment to safeguard against leaks of sensitive information. According to the paper, the GOJ will develop new legislation to give it the authority to seek changes to existing defense procurement contracts if concerns are found at the supplier level with the aim of submitting the bill to the Diet in 2022 and beginning the screening in fiscal 2023. The paper wrote that the move is intended to prevent the use of Chinese-made equipment that raises economic security concerns and strengthen the foundation of domestic suppliers and joint development with the United States.

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