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Japan defense ministry to better prepare for info warfare

Tokyo, April 1 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Defense Ministry created a new post Friday to boost national security against disinformation campaigns by foreign countries such as China and Russia.     The new post, dubbed global strategic intelligence officer, was placed under the ministry’s Defense Intelligence Division of the Bureau of Defense Policy.     The officer will analyze information and fake news disseminated….Read more

  • April 1, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:29 p.m.
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MHLW revises information management guidelines for hospitals

On March 30, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) revised the guidelines for information security at medical institutions in response to a series of cyberattacks on hospitals. The revised guidelines newly stipulate measures against the ransomware computer virus, which is causing extensive damage, and called on hospitals to independently store backup data.   The revised guidelines say, “Cyberattacks….Read more

  • March 31, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 46
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NPA names Kawahara as new head of cyber police bureau

On March 30, the National Police Agency announced the appointment of Kawahara Junpei, head of the info-communication bureau, as head of a new “cyber police bureau.” The appointment will become effective on April 1.   Kawahara Junpei, head of cyber police bureau Joined the NPA after graduating from the graduate school of Sophia University; appointed head of info-communication bureau in….Read more

  • March 31, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 5
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BOJ to investigate financial institutions on cybersecurity risks

On March 29, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) released examination guidelines on financial institutions for fiscal 2022. The guidelines include a joint survey with the Financial Services Agency (FSA) on regional banks’ cybersecurity steps and examinations of their risk management measures. The BOJ will also examine whether financial institutions are capable of coping with climate change risks and assisting their….Read more

  • March 30, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 9
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Japan gears up unit for international cybercrime investigations

A new special investigative unit dedicated to tackling cyber-attacks and cybercrime will spearhead the investigation of cases in Japan and also aim to actively participate in international joint operations targeting cross-border criminal activity in cyberspace.

  • March 31, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 5:44 p.m.
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National Police Agency to launch new cyber unit

All national dailies wrote that following the enactment of a bill to amend the Police Law on Wednesday, the National Police Agency will launch on Friday a special investigative unit at its Kanto Regional Police Bureau to tackle the surge in cyberattacks and cybercrimes. Although local police in each of the nation’s 47 prefectures have, in principle, conducted investigations and….Read more

  • March 31, 2022
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Israeli Ambassador to Japan: “Infinite possibilities for bilateral cooperation in cyber”

Israel’s high-tech sector, including cyber, artificial intelligence (AI), and advanced medical treatment, raised $25 billion (about 3 trillion yen) in 2021. This is 2.5 times the previous year’s figure. While the global economy has labored under the COVID-19 pandemic, Israeli startup companies are leading the world with their new technologies. Israeli Ambassador to Japan Gilad Cohen contributed the following piece….Read more

  • March 29, 2022
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Defense Ministry to establish new post charged with analyzing fake news

Yomiuri reported that the Ministry of Defense will establish the post of “global strategy information officer” in April. The paper said the post will be responsible for analyzing fake news and disinformation reported by both traditional media and social media. The daily added that the move is aimed at strengthening Japan’s response capabilities against “hybrid warfare,” which combines military actions….Read more

  • March 29, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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U.S. subsidiary of Japanese autoparts maker hit by cyberattack

On March 24, Sanoh Industrial Co. announced that its U.S. subsidiary had been hit by a cyberattack. A hacker organization launched a ransomware attack and disclosed some of the data it had stolen from the autoparts maker on its own website. The U.S. subsidiary cut access to the network to ensure its vendors would not be affected. The firm says….Read more

  • March 25, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 18
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Japan launches new cyber defense command to counter threat from neighboring countries

The Defense Ministry has launched a cyber defense command by reorganizing related units of the Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces. The move is aimed at strengthening its ability to cope with rapidly growing cyber threats from China, North Korea and Russia.   However, there are many issues to be tackled, such as legal restrictions hampering an immediate counterattack.  ….Read more

  • March 20, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 11:46 a.m.
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