Japan, US agree to closer cooperation on 'Beyond 5G'

Japan and the United States have agreed to cooperate more closely on the development of a telecommunication technology that will go beyond 5G networks.

Japanese Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Matsumoto Takeaki met with US Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves in Washington on Tuesday.

They discussed cooperation on information and communications, a field where China is rapidly forging ahead with its own technologies.

The two agreed to work together to create a free and open internet space available to a wide variety of businesses. They also agreed to increase cooperation on the research and development of the next-generation communication standards known as Beyond 5G.

Matsumoto and Graves talked about a meeting of digital and technology ministers that will take place in April in the Japanese city of Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture.

They agreed to work closely to ensure the success of the meeting, which comes ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima slated for May.

Matsumoto later told reporters that an open online network is among the key agenda items for the ministerial-level meeting.

He said he and Graves shared their view that Japan and the US should make joint efforts to obtain understanding from other counties to create common rules.

The Japanese government apparently aims to take the initiative in the international community in the field of information and communication, along with US.