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Private sector technology to be used for national security

  • January 20, 2020
  • , Nikkei , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

The Japanese government plans to establish a think tank in 2021 that supports usage of private sector technology, such as quantum technology and artificial intelligence (AI), for national security purposes. The institution will gather and then study the knowledge and know-how of public organizations, private enterprises, and universities in Japan and abroad. It will analyze and use the knowledge for government operations, including countermeasures against new threats posed by terrorism and cyber attacks, as well as for military purposes.


Japan is seen as being slow in adopting new technology for national defense. With the new think tank, the government hopes to create a system in which  more advanced private sector knowledge can help identify potential dual-use technologies that may strengthen the national security.


The initiative will be a key component of a proposal formulated by the Cabinet Secretariat’s council on strengthening and promotion of innovation policy, which is due by the end of January 2020. The think tank is expected to be led by a private sector expert and will likely be placed under the Ministry of Defense, a national research and development agency, or a university. It will collaborate with RAND Corporation in the U. S., which has close ties with the U.S. Department of Defense. (Abridged)

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