Japan seeks stronger cybersecurity due to threats from China and Russia

July 09, 2021 | 2 minutes read

A new and improved cybersecurity strategy has been compiled by the Japanese government for the next three years, after speculation arose that Japan’s cybersecurity might be in danger due to malicious activities from its neighboring countries- Russia and China. 

Japan seeks stronger cybersecurity measures and the new strategy is expected to be implemented in September after soliciting public comments accusing China to be using advanced technologies to conduct cyberattacks as an attempt to steal information from firms associated with the military. Russia is also suspected to be involved in the malicious activity as well, carrying them for political and military purposes.

Katsunobu Kato, Chief cabinet secretary, who is the head of leading cybersecurity related activities suggested to “enhance defense, deterrence and assessment capabilities and strengthen cooperation among relevant bodies to protect security interests.”

He also suggested that all types of malicious activities should be closely monitored  during the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games starting July 23. However, Japan’s move was criticized by China, claiming that Japan was not following facts and was wrongly exaggerating threats from neighboring countries.

China criticized Japan’s move calling it “groundless slander”

Wang Wenbin, China’s foreign Ministry spokesman, also criticized Japan’s “groundless slander” against Russia and China on cybersecurity issues.

According to Wang, Japan has had “bad relations with all its neighbors,” and also stated that it should “do more things that are conducive to gaining political mutual trust from such neighbors and maintaining regional peace and stability.”

The new cybersecurity strategy that is going to be implemented this month aims to improve  deterrence through the Japan-U.S. alliance through conducting joint exercises of the  U.S. forces and Japanese Self-Defense Forces.

Furthermore, it also aims to take part in enhancing the cybersecurity field in the Indo-Pacific region, including members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.