In line with Japan’s move to counter cyber crime, the government is preparing to establish a policy forum next year that would be in charge of creating much-needed laws. Japan has been exerting more efforts to prevent attacks on cyber security amid increasing number of online criminal activities all over the world.
While the idea of beefing up cyber security measures has been given priority the past month in the run-up to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, it has been an ongoing concern even before this year began. A government panel established for the sole purpose of addressing cybersecurity is seriously considering upgrading it into a policy forum to better come up with laws that would be essential in preventing and criminalizing the act. Speaking to the panel which included Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, “Ensuring cybersecurity is an extremely important challenge in terms of national security and crisis management.” The projected policy forum will collaborate with other government departments including the National Security Council to come up with concrete measure in addressing the issue. Abe vowed to continue talks on the matter. “We will tackle the issue more aggressively,” he said.
The recommended policy forum hopes to extend its relationship with private sectors in Japan and authorities from other countries to better formulate a policy. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is already working on a draft bill proposal that would envisage the panel to a policy forum. It plans to submit the bill in the next Diet session.
[via Economic Times]
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