Apart from the free trade agreement that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Union leaders are seeking to lock up by next year, the two groups are also looking to cooperate in countering malicious cyberattacks to government and business institutions. Abe is currently on a tour of Europe looking to make progress in these agreements that he has stated are essential to Japan’s economic improvement.
Japan and the European Union had agreed on Wednesday to launch a dialogue to boost efforts of cooperation in cybersecurity. “Facing more severe, widespread and globalized risks surrounding cyberspace and the need to protect human rights online, protection of a safe, open and secure cyberspace is needed,” said a joint statement released by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the EU headquarters in Brussels. This dialogue will mostly be similar to the talks and consultations that Japan has recently held with the United States, Britain and other countries. Tokyo is aiming to proactively start a movement in the international community making standardized laws over the issues surrounding cyberspace.
This agreement is in conjunction with an “ambitious” free trade agreement that both groups of leaders are seeking to conclude by 2015. “We reaffirm the importance of the early conclusion of a highly comprehensive and ambitious free trade agreement,” the leaders said in the same joint statement released after their meeting with Abe. The fifth round of talks between negotiators of the EU and Japan ended last month, with the two sides failing to announce any major breakthroughs. Both groups apparently want to accelerate the talks by confirming their commitment to an early conclusion of a free trade deal that accounts for 30 percent of the global economy.
[via Global Post]