August 24, 2017 7:15 am JST

Japan to create cyberdefense bureau

Internal affairs minister sees need to foster domestic talent

Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Seiko Noda

TOKYO -- The government plans to establish a bureau dedicated to cybersecurity, Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Seiko Noda said in an interview with The Nikkei on Wednesday, contending that Japan needs to recruit and train more personnel in the field.

Japan is "in a critical situation talent-wise compared to the U.S., Israel and others," Noda stated. The ministry currently handles cybersecurity issues on a divisional level but will officially announce the upgrade to bureau soon and will make a funding request in the fiscal 2018 draft budget. 

The previous internal affairs minister, Sanae Takaichi, had originally championed the idea. The new bureau will strengthen its partnership with the Cabinet Secretariat's cybersecurity center. 

The ministry also is charged with developing a security strategy for local governments. As "internet of things" technology spreads, there is a growing risk that such equipment and machines will be hijacked by digital means. Responding to this threat is an urgent matter for the government. "We will make stronger efforts" in talent development and other cyber security issues, Noda said. 

(Nikkei)

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