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Japan decided on Monday to effectively exclude Chinese telecoms equipment giants Huawei Technologies and ZTE from public procurement, the government said, adding to the list of countries that have pushed back against the Chinese technology companies on security issues.

The decision comes amid concerns about security breaches that have already prompted the US and some other counties to ban the two Chinese companies from supplying network infrastructure products.

Cybersecurity officials of relevant Japanese government ministries and agencies agreed on the plan, but did not explicitly name the companies in consideration of the potential impact on ties between Tokyo and Beijing, which have shown signs of improvement in recent months.

Japan adds to the roll call of countries who have effectively blocked Huawei from taking part in 5G mobile network infrastructure build-outs, including the US, Australia, and New Zealand, upping the pressure on the Chinese telecom equipment giant as it seeks to take the lead in next generation mobile networks amid a trade and technology stand-off between the US and China. The UK and Canada are weighing up the possible security risks posed by Huawei too.

In August, the US, a key ally of Japan, enacted the National Defence Authorisation Act to ban the government’s use of Huawei and ZTE technology products and services on concerns over their connections with Chinese intelligence. Australia and New Zealand have also excluded both firmsfrom their next-generation 5G mobile network roll-outs.

ZTE declined to comment on reports of Japan’s decision on Monday. Huawei did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

The Japanese ban marks the first setback Huawei has officially encountered from its East Asia neighbours. In August, when Japanese business newspaper Sankei Shimbun first reported that Japan may consider a ban in a move to align it with the US and Australia, Huawei said the news was “unsubstantiated rumour, and not factual”

A Nikkie report on Monday indicated that Huawei owned about a 13 per cent share in the telecoms equipment market in Japan in 2017, compared with 18 per cent shares owned by local players NEC and Fujitsu, respectively. Huawei’s consumer products, such as smartphones and tablets, are also widely seen in Japan.

When Australia took the decision to block Huawei from its 5G infrastructure in August on national security grounds, Huawei said the decision was not aligned with the long-term interests of the Australian people, and denied Australian businesses and consumers the right to choose from the best communications technology available.

“The Australian government’s decision to block Huawei from Australia’s 5G market is politically motivated, not the result of a fact-based, transparent, or equitable decision-making process,” Huawei said in a statement at the time.

Meanwhile Huawei, the world’s largest telecoms equipment supplier, last week agreed to British intelligence demands to address risks in its equipment and software, as the company seeks to be part of the UK’s 5G mobile network plans, according to a Financial Times report last Friday.

Its comments came after BT Group, which runs the UK’s largest mobile network operator EE, said last week that Huawei will not supply equipment for EE’s core 5G network. It has also started removing Huawei gear from EE’s core 4G infrastructure. That followed a warning from the head of the MI6 foreign intelligence service that singled out the Chinese company as a potential security risk.

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What is going on with Huawei, litreally every country is backing out of their 5g services over security concerns. this is a shock to the system as Huawei was considered the market leader to introduce 5g services before any other company could.
 

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Looks like Big Brother Xi’s assertive foreign policy has started to give desired results.
 

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What is going on with Huawei, litreally every country is backing out of their 5g services over security concerns. this is a shock to the system as Huawei was considered the market leader to introduce 5g services before any other company could.
nah, only US lapdog backing off
 

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nah, only US lapdog backing off
Australia said no to Huawei as well recently, and they were expected to be one of the first countries to get 5g.

Canada and Japan the latest to turn down Huwaei over national security fears, something is not right. even the CEO of Huawei got arrested in canada 3 days ago. something fishy happening in that company
 

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Japan was expected. South Korea is the big unknown. It is possible South Korea will do the same.

The world now has 2 big camps. China Russia on 1 side. America on the other. EU should be neutral.
 

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The power of United States at work. Now you guys kow why it only has the prefix 'super' attached to 'power'.
 

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What is going on with Huawei, litreally every country is backing out of their 5g services over security concerns. this is a shock to the system as Huawei was considered the market leader to introduce 5g services before any other company could.
Every country? Huawei is the only genuine 5G service provider in the world! Check with Italy, Germany and France, not mentioning that Huawei has signed more than 20 contracts with different countries. Dirty play by the Westerners!
 

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Australia said no to Huawei as well recently, and they were expected to be one of the first countries to get 5g.

Canada and Japan the latest to turn down Huwaei over national security fears, something is not right. even the CEO of Huawei got arrested in canada 3 days ago. something fishy happening in that company
you have been brainwashed, it's not the company. it's american policy.
australia, NZ,canada, uk is part of america https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Eyes

the western country can't compete with huawei that's why the want to block them. Huawei doesn't provide back door to NSA.
fu cking american even go as far as killing huawei scientist at the same day the CFO got arrested.
 

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you have been brainwashed, it's not the company. it's american policy.
australia, NZ,canada, uk is part of america https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Eyes

the western country can't compete with huawei that's why the want to block them. Huawei doesn't provide back door to NSA.
fu cking american even go as far as killing huawei scientist at the same day the CFO got arrested.
Meh. They are all becoming non white non Anglo. Won't be long now.
 

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