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Japan calls on industry and academia to fortify cyber defenses

Exclusive: Hitachi, Fujitsu and NTT to join new unit to intercept and study attacks

Cybersecurity company Trend Micro's offices in Tokyo: Japan will assemble cyber defense experts from the public and private sectors into a new unit. (Photo by Kurahiro Seguchi)

TOKYO -- Japan will set up a unit in fiscal 2022 spanning industry, government and academia to study cyberattacks and develop more effective defenses, Nikkei learned Tuesday.

More than 20 companies and other organizations are in talks to join the effort, including Hitachi, NEC, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Yokogawa Denki, the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone group, Waseda University and Kobe University, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

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