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Japan and Germany to Advance Cooperation in Field of Industrial Cybersecurity Release of Joint Document on Japan-Germany Cooperation in the Field of Industrial Cybersecurity

Japan and Germany have been advancing joint expert-level discussions on cooperation in the field of cybersecurity for the manufacturing industry under their bilateral cooperation framework. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that the two countries compiled the discussion results, future policies and other efforts into a joint document.

1. Outline

Industrial cybersecurity is a key to successful achievement of the Connected Industries policy. Concerning this issue, Japan and Germany have been advancing proactive joint discussions through regularly holding expert-level meetings since the establishment of bilateral cooperation ties in April 2016. The organizer of these discussions on the Japanese side is the Robot Revolution Initiative of Japan (RRI).

METI hereby announces that the two countries compiled the results of experts’ discussions, future policies and other efforts into a joint document. The document was released at the Securing Global Industrial Value Networks: synchronizing international approaches, an international conference held in Berlin, Germany.

2. Background

  • In April 2016, director general-level officials of METI and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Germany, signed a Joint Statement Regarding Japan-Germany Cooperation on IoT/Industrie 4.0. In response, the two countries launched cooperation initiatives by field, such as international standardization and cybersecurity, in cooperation with experts from both countries.
  • Following this, triggered by Japan’s participation as a partner country in CeBIT 2017, a global event for digital business in Germany, in March 2017, METI and BMWi Ministers signed the Hannover Declaration to further enhance the existing Japan-Germany cooperation. Since then, the two countries have been enriching bilateral cooperation in the fields stipulated in the declaration.
  • Concerning the field of industrial cybersecurity, industrial experts in Japan and Germany held eight joint experts’ meetings so far and shared information and exchanged views on this field through these meetings.
  • In light of the discussion results of these experts’ meetings, Japan and Germany compiled a joint document clarifying their standpoints, including: the importance of securing trustworthiness of the parties involved to achieve safe supply chains against the backdrop of a growing number of cross-company or cross-border data exchange and transactions; and the importance of discussions on key elements for a secure supply chain, including organizations, people, components, data, procedures and systems, in parallel with sharing future scenarios as a foundation on which related discussions will go forward.
  • Through the enhanced collaboration in cooperation between Japan and Germany, Japan and Germany aim to specify requirements for industrial cybersecurity and lead discussions on this issue.


Release date

May 16, 2018

Division in Charge

  • Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau
  • Cybersecurity Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

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