Japan moves to restrict foreign investment in high technologies

07 June 2019

The Japanese government has announced plans to restrict foreign direct investment (FDI) in high technology areas that could affect defence and security.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said in a recent notice that new rules will require foreign investors in areas such telecommunications, cyber defence, and software to seek prior approval from the government.

METI said in a statement, "In view of the appropriate prevention of situations that may seriously affect Japan's security - such as the outflow of technology important for security and Japan's defence production and technology base - we have decided to take necessary measures."

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