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Trade minister Masayuki Naoshima said Tuesday he no longer sees China’s controversial plan to introduce compulsory certification of foreign technology products as a threat to Japanese industries.

His remarks came after Beijing informed Tokyo of its decision not to include procurements by China’s state-owned entities in the range of products subject to the envisaged program, Naoshima, minister of economy, trade and industry, told reporters.

With China’s decision, “we think our concerns over the possible impact on Japanese industries are basically dispelled,” Naoshima said.

Japan, along with the United States and European countries, had strongly opposed the program due to fear that it would allow Beijing to obtain otherwise secret information about such products as computer security software.

Last April, given the opposition, China decided to postpone the enforcement of the program by one year to this May while limiting the products requiring certification to those under public procurement, which normally includes both procurement by the Chinese government and by state-owned entities.

Japanese high-tech firms involved in Chinese public procurement mostly provide products to state-owned entities.

India development

Alliances involving Japanese firms and municipalities will cooperate with India on infrastructure development projects in the subcontinent, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Tuesday.

The alliances, including those led by Toshiba Corp., Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., are expected to land orders after conducting feasibility studies starting next month on a range of projects, including solar power generation, sewer systems and “smart grid” power transmission line networks.

The projects will be implemented in four locations in a corridor linking New Delhi and Mumbai.

The Indian government plans to spend $90 billion to develop the industrial corridor, some $70 billion of which it wants to raise by attracting investment from the private sector, METI said.

The city of Kitakyushu will provide its knowhow on building a society with environmental technologies, while Yokohama is expected to help develop and manage water supply and sewerage systems.

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