Japan decides new cybersecurity strategy

Japan's government says it will enhance cybersecurity in diplomacy and national security along with reforms led by the newly established Digital Agency.

The Cabinet approved the new cybersecurity strategy for the next three years on Tuesday.

The strategy is based on the belief that China, Russia and North Korea are strengthening their cyber capabilities and carrying out cyberattacks to steal information. Japan aims to raise the priority for measures against such attacks in diplomatic and national security sectors.

The government also plans to reinforce cooperation with the United States, Australia, India and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

The government says cyberspace has been further communalized as a result of digital economic development and remote work promoted during the coronavirus pandemic.

The strategy calls for closer cooperation with infrastructure-related companies, universities and other organizations to reduce Japan's risks.