This report was prepared as a set for joint US-Japan private sector recommendation for the US-Japan Internet Economy Dialogue schedule for October 2013. The meeting was postponed due to the US government shutdown. The report contains recommendations on steps to maintain an open and transparent Internet; rules for cross-border data flows; cooperation between the US and Japan CIOs; guarding Internet safety; and accelerating cloud enterprise.
The Japanese government’s IT Strategy Headquarter is considering amendments to existing laws regarding the protection and security of personal information. Nevertheless, several problems continue to stall progress. Corporations involved in the discussion are primarily concerned with the economic benefits of big data utilization, such as extracting individual user history records to develop marketing strategies. ItRead More
SoftBank, one of Japan’s three major network operators, has had troubles with the usage of its “Platinum Band”, a specific range of radio frequency spectrum used for mobile communications. While all three operators (NTT Docomo, AU and SoftBank) have had this spectrum divided equally among themselves, SoftBank only has one third of its “Platinum Band”Read More
The much anticipated “My Number System” (Japan’s new national ID system) is now being implemented and concrete progress is expected by early 2014. This system aims to unify several different government data systems holding personal data. However, the “My Number System” remains a work in progress and more work is required on the necessary legalRead More
The Japanese government is preparing a new law to handle big data concerns and harmonize with international standards. To oversee the transition and enforce compliance with the new level of standards, the government will create a third-party institution to administer the regulation of personal information, allowing for greater privacy protection for consumers and ease-of-access to data for companies. Leaders inRead More
The root of the problem is not that the government needs to collect communication data, the problem here is that the means by which it is being done. Secret warrants are being issued and information is being collected from companies about us which they should not be collecting in the first place. I was shockedRead More
While technology becomes progressively more convenient and more of us choose to store sensitive data on servers and electronic devices, hackers are also developing new and increasingly sophisticated tools for stealing that information and masking their tracks. Since I am a lowly undergraduate with no responsibilities of national importance, hackers would only get a fewRead More
The Japanese government has firmed up its IT budget for 2014. The government’s new CIO formally made the decision on budget priorities, based on submissions from each ministry and agency. Efforts to increase interministerial cooperation seem to be having an effect. In the new budget, the number of budget line items involving more than oneRead More
The Cabinet Office approved a new Information Technology (IT) strategy targeted for 2020. The plan includes the use of “Big Data” in public services, such as agriculture and healthcare. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s goal is to make Japan a world leader in IT. “IT is key for next-generation growth. Japan cannot stand by and watchRead More
This is the slide presentation used by Keio Professor Fumio Shimpo at a panel discussion on Privacy in Asia at the Bali IGF in October 2013. It offers an excellent overview of privacy developments in Japan and assesses next steps in developing a comprehensive privacy framework.