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Japan can retaliate against cyberattack with fcorce: official

  • April 26, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 6:42 p.m.
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Japan can theoretically retaliate against a cyberattack from a foreign nation with force, not just in cyberspace, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Thursday.

“It’s only natural to take necessary measures to stop an armed attack. Resorting to physical means is not ruled out,” he told the House of Councillors Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense.

 

Cyberattacks can be considered armed attacks if it is judged that they have caused serious harm tantamount to attacks by physical means and are found to have been organized and planned,” Iwaya said.

He said Japan could exercise its right to self-defense if the country’s new three principles on use of force were satisfied.

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