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METI Minister Hayashi Attends the G7 ICT Ministers’ Meeting in Takamatsu, Kagawa

On Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, 2016, the G7 ICT Ministers’ Meeting in Takamatsu, Kagawa, was held in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture. As a representative of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), METI Minister Motoo Hayashi attended the meeting on Friday, April 29, while MIC Minister Sanae Takaichi also attended as a representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). In addition, in order to take advantage of this opportunity, Minister Hayashi held a meeting with Mr. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission, who is a leader of the Digital Single Market project.

METI Minister Hayashi Attends the G7 ICT Ministers’ Meeting in Takamatsu, Kagawa photo 1

1. G7 ICT Ministers’ Meeting in Takamatsu, Kagawa

The G7 ICT Ministers’ Meeting was held for the first time in approximately 20 years and chaired by MIC Minister Takaichi of Japan. Participants proactively exchanged views on a variety of issues: [i] potential of economic growth brought about by information and communication technology (ICT), e.g., Internet of Things (IoT) and big data, [ii] ensuring the free flow of information and cybersecurity, [iii] measures for addressing global issues, e.g., 2030 agenda, and [iv] international collaboration and cooperation.

  • On these issues, Minister Hayashi highlighted the following three key points in particular:
    • Taking advantage of its position as an advanced country in solving challenges, Japan will create a model for resolving societal challenges through the utilization of IoT, and it also will endeavor to advance regulatory reform and encourage the country to become a cutting-edge IoT test-bed, which will attract researchers and research opportunities from all over the world.
    • The G7 should agree with the principle of the free flow of data and oppose unjustifiable regulations, such as data localization requirements and requirements of access to or transfer of source codes.
    • As a prerequisite for utilizing data, ensuring cybersecurity is essential. To this end, Japan will promote measures to improve cybersecurity through public-private collaboration, including securing the safety of critical infrastructures.

At the meeting, participants confirmed that they will advance the efforts towards; promoting innovation (e.g., in IoT), ensuring the free flow of information, taking measures for addressing unjustifiable regulations that will hinder the growth of the digital economy and ensuring cybersecurity.

2. Meeting with Mr. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission, a leader of the Digital Single Market project

Minister Hayashi held a meeting with Mr. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission, and exchanged views on certain issues including economic growth through the utilization of digital technology, ensuring the free flow of data between Japan and the EU, and the importance of cybersecurity.

METI Minister Hayashi Attends the G7 ICT Ministers’ Meeting in Takamatsu, Kagawa photo 2

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Release date

May 2, 2016

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Information Policy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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