(Nikkei: July 22, 2015 – p.2)
As the head of “National center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC)” that protects important information from cyberattacks, Nobushige Takamizawa (59) took the leadership in drafting the government cyber defense strategy to be decided by the Cabinet shortly. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic in mind, Takamizawa does his best to counter invisible threats.
“Did similar attacks take place at other ministries or agencies? Find out the originator of the attack. Analyze quickly,” said Takamizawa, who oversaw NISC members gathered from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the National Policy Agency, and Ministry of Defense when the Japan Pension Service found out that pension information of over one million people was leaked in May.
People close to Takamizawa unanimously describe him as “a man of firm character who stands by his principles.” Takamizawa is originally from the Defense Ministry (former Defense Agency). He was long regarded as a promising candidate for vice minister. During the Hatoyama administration under the Democratic Party of Japan, Takamizawa took on the administration’s leadership for not abandoning relocating Futenma airfield outside Okinawa Prefecture even after any prospect for that had become difficult by saying, “National security policy should not be influenced by the political situation or politics.”
When Takamizawa took office in the National Institute for Defense Studies in 2011, everyone thought that “he had dropped out of the vice minister race.” Takamizawa took it as an opportunity to visit various countries’ defense specialists for discussions, with the result that he became “one of the most well-known defense bureaucrats overseas,” according to a Defense Ministy official. After his appointment as an assistant chief cabinet secretary, his candid remark regarding the scope of the right to exercise collective self-defense — “The right is not characterized by the absolute prohibition of deployment to the other side of the earth”– provoked criticism. Will Takamizawa be able to demonstrate his uncompromising stance in counter-cyberterrorism?