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Dec. 6, 2018, 10:34 p.m. EST

Japan may move to restrict Huawei, ZTE from government use

U.S. and allies claim Chinese telecoms engage in cyberspying

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By Mayumi Negishi

The Japanese government may effectively ban Huawei as soon as Monday.

TOKYO — Japan is moving ahead with changes to its procurement guidelines that could restrict government use of Chinese telecommunications-equipment companies Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp., following American accusations that the firms engage in cyberspying.

On Friday, government officials said a meeting was planned for as soon as Monday at which they would discuss possible ways to lower the risk of infiltration of government agencies via imported equipment. The changes under discussion wouldn’t name individual companies, they said.

Read: Huawei arrest creates concerns in Silicon Valley as well as abroad

The Yomiuri daily newspaper earlier reported that Japan has effectively decided to ban Huawei and ZTE /zigman2/quotes/209674390/delayed CN:000063 +0.34%   equipment from being used in government contracts.

American officials have launched a global campaign to persuade allies to shun Huawei. The U.S. has briefed government officials and telecommunications executives in countries including Germany, Italy and Japan, about what they see as cybersecurity risks, The Wall Street Journal reported in November. Also of concern: Japan is host to a number of U.S. military bases.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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