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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. 

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