Internet Economy

Big Data and Economic Growth

Author: Sadayasu Senju The Abe administration under the banner of “Abenomics” is aiming for Japan to be the most advanced IT nation by 2020. The government announced its strategy in 2013, locating a set of IT reforms and policies under the third “arrow” of its economic strategy, which focuses on steps to promote economic growth.

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APEC Convenes Symposium on the Internet Economy

Building on the discussions at the Multistakeholder Dialogue on the APEC Initiative of Cooperation to Promote the Internet Economy held in Beijing on August 18 last year, there is now an initiative before APEC to launch an Ad-Hoc Internet Economy Steering Group during the Philippine Presidency. The Pacific Economic Coordinating Council (PECC) took the occasion

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Brookings Institute Panel: Trade & The Digital Economy

On March 30, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institute hosted KICIS Executive Director Jim Foster, and Keio University Professor Motohiro Tsuchiya as experts to examine the role of the digital economy in trade agreements. Topics included discussions on current and upcoming challenges for the digital economy and how the U.S.-Japan

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Japan Implements New Rules for Mobile Data Pricing

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has announced new rules governing the pricing of data plans for smartphones by all three major carriers within Japan (NTT DoComo, KDDI, Softbank) to take effect in 2016. The move obligates carriers to provide lower cost options for users who use less data over current and next generation mobile networks.

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ACCJ Viewpoint: Implementing Japan’s New Cybersecurity Strategy

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) released their viewpoint on Japan’s New Cybersecurity Strategy on August 12, 2014. The viewpoint examines the “2014 Cybersecurity Strategy” document released by the National Information Security Center (NISC) which offers an update to roadmap to Japan’s strategy to countermand the growing cybersecurity threat.

The viewpoint also welcomes the introduction of legislation in the Japanese Diet to create a “Cybersecurity Center” and identifies key areas for dialogue between the public and private sector including the planning and administration for the “Cybersecurity Center”,  coordinating cybersecurity standards, introducing non-discriminatory security measures, and facilitating an accreditation framework for government cloud computing services.

ACCJ Viewpoint – Implementing Japan’s New Cybersecurity Strategy

ACCJ Viewpoint – Implementing Japan’s New Cybersecurity Strategy

The State of Copyright & Music in Japan

In this slide deck Monica Nagashima summarizes the state of online content availability and demand within the Japanese market. Japan is the second largest market for music and remains one of the few where illegal downloading has remained unpopular due to the hardware devices that music is consumed on.

However with increased streaming services and more pervasive smartphone usage, Japan’s media industry has fallen behind as ill-construed policies and entrenched monopolies have exacerbated a “Galapagos” effect. Today, Japanese artists are prevented from reaching abroad to new audiences, and  the export of content to international users remains difficult.

The State of Copyright & Music in Japan

The State of Copyright & Music in Japan

Outline of New GOJ Privacy Framework

Delivered at the Asian Privacy Scholars Network’s 4th International Conference at Meiji University, this slide deck for KICIS Director Jim Foster’s presentation highlights the new GOJ Privacy Framework as it undergoes revision in 2014. Significant changes include the establishment of a “third party authority” that will exist to enforce regulations and private voluntary codes, as well as a acknowledgement by the Japanese government of the multistakeholder community in setting rules for privacy.

Significant discussion of the business community reaction to the proposed changes to the law is covered, including strong support for the promotion of “de-identified” personal data for innovation purposes, as well as support for a “dynamic” approach to protecting privacy. Concern over adequate funding of a new oversight agency and the framework of cooperation between the oversight body and the new Cybersecurity Center remain significant points to overcome.

Outline of New GOJ Privacy Framework

Outline of New GOJ Privacy Framework

ACCJ Viewpoint: GOJ Policy Review on the Protection and Utilization of Personal Data

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) released their viewpoint on the GOJ Policy Review on the Protection and Utilization of Personal Data on July 18, 2014. The viewpoint examines the promotion of utilization of personal data for commercial purposes while adopting a dynamic approach to protection with the participation of the multistakeholder community.

Additionally, the viewpoint  calls for clarification of data disclosure procedures and the minimization of restrictions on cross-border data flows. Ensuring that due process is followed and seeking constructive solutions to data breaches will be facilitated by avoiding conflicting legal frameworks and the direct facilitation of obtaining consumer consent for the repurpose of data usage.

GOJ Policy Review on the Protection and Utilization of Personal Data

GOJ Policy Review on the Protection and Utilization of Personal Data