Japan-U.S. Cooperation: A Vision for Collaboration in Cyberspace to Ensure Peace and Security across the Asia-Pacific


The Embassy of Japan, U.S.-Japan Research Institute (USJI) and The National Bureau of Asian Research hosted a seminar on “Japan-U.S. Cooperation: A Vision for Collaboration in Cyberspace to Ensure Peace and Security across the Asia-Pacific” on Friday, September 18, 2015, featuring Dr. Motohiro Tsuchiya, a professor in the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University. Roy Kamphausen (NBR) served as moderator.

Summary

Cyber threats are a clear and present danger around the globe. With daily news reports of cyber-attacks on government, military, private sector, and even individual information technology (IT) infrastructures, no one is immune. In Japan—which is located in what is often described as “the world’s wildest cyber region” of East Asia—the Japanese Diet passed the Cyber Security Basic Act last year and the Government of Japan has just adopted and released its new “Cyber Security Strategy.” Further, the Japanese and U.S. governments have allied themselves to tackle these IT challenges through bilateral dialogues and many other channels. Japan-U.S. cyber security cooperation is critical in dealing with increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks. This event evaluated cyber incidents in East Asia and explored possible counter measures to ensure the continued peace and security of the Asia Pacific region.


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