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Japan to bar Huawei, ZTE from govt procurement contracts

Japan plans to ban government purchases of equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE, to beef up its defences against intelligence leaks and cyber attacks, sources told Reuters.

The Yomiuri newspaper, which first reported the news earlier on Friday (Dec 7), said the government was expected to revise its internal rules on procurement as early as Monday.

The government does not plan to specifically name Huawei and ZTE in the revision, but will put in place measures aimed at strengthening security that apply to the companies, a person with direct knowledge and a person briefed on the matter said.

The move follows a decision by the United States this year to ban government purchases of Huawei gear.

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