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Citizens may be penalized for leaking sensitive data

Sankei led with the revelation by several GOJ sources that under the economic security legislation that the GOJ is currently drafting for submission to the Diet early next year, people in the private sector who have access to sensitive data and technology, such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing, may be punished if they leak such information to foreign agents. The GOJ will reportedly determine what constitutes sensitive data, which will be short of “specially designated secrets” as designated in the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets. The GOJ has reportedly concluded that strict measures must be taken to ensure economic security, including establishing provisions for penalizing private citizens, based on the belief that the leakage of state-of-the-art technology would have serious consequences for national security.

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