• REUTERS, Jiji

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As one of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's signature initiatives moves forward, Japan will consider imposing tighter curbs on companies in security-sensitive sectors that procure overseas software in a bid to bolster cybersecurity, according to an economic security proposal by a government panel.

The proposal by the panel of academics will serve as a platform for economic security legislation the government will submit to parliament later this month that will be based on four pillars: strengthening supply chains, ensuring the security of core infrastructure, promoting public-private technical cooperation and keeping secret patents on technologies that could be used for military purposes.

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