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Japan eyes corporate disclosures on cybersecurity

Voluntary guidelines would help leading adopters set example in private sector

TOKYO -- Japan will encourage companies to inform investors about their cybersecurity measures, aiming to promote broader awareness of the issue in the private sector as the spread of the "internet of things" raises new security risks.

The proposal was included in a report on security involving the internet of things released Tuesday by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. The ministry will work with other government agencies to devise guidelines this fiscal year, such as for including cybersecurity information in annual securities reports. Any such disclosures would be voluntary.

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