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In age of cyberwar, Japan's pacifist charter could spell defeat

Legal limits leave Tokyo's hands tied against threats to infrastructure

A cyberattack on infrastructure can plunge a country into a crisis.    © Reuters

Naoya Yoshino is the Tokyo-based head of Nikkei's political news group. As a political reporter, he interviewed 14 Japanese prime ministers, from Morihiro Hosokawa to Yoshihide Suga, and covered the finance and economy ministries. He worked as a Washington correspondent from 2012 to 2017, reporting on the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.

TOKYO -- Cyberattacks, unfolding out of the public eye, resemble an undeclared war, and losing such warfare can plunge a nation into crisis -- a point Japan has failed to grasp despite rising stakes.

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