Kishida instructs govt. to speed up legislation for 'active cyber defense'

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has instructed the government to accelerate efforts to introduce a system to prevent cyberattacks on the country by producing necessary draft legislation as soon as possible.

A government panel of experts held its first meeting on Friday to discuss the introduction of what is called the "active cyber defense." The 17-member panel includes former Japanese Ambassador to the United States Sasae Kenichiro and Associate Professor at the University of Tsukuba Ochiai Yoichi.

Kishida and Digital Transformation Minister Kono Taro also attended the meeting.

Kishida said boosting cyber defense capabilities has become an increasingly pressing matter amid the present security situation.

He urged the panel to actively debate the issue and promptly report the results.

He instructed Kono to draw up necessary bills as soon as possible.

Kono asked the panel to compile their views in several months.

Under the system the government plans to introduce, it is expected to identify suspects of cyberattacks based on obtained information from telecom operators. They are also expected to hack such potential sources of attacks and incapacitate them before they can carry out attacks.

The panel is expected to discuss specifics about what such a system should look like.

Also at issue will be how to prevent measures under the system from infringing on the Constitutional guarantee ensuring the secrecy of any means of communication.