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Japan
Statement by Mr. Yushi Torigoe, Director, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

 

H.E. Mr. Mario LINO, Minister of Public Works, Transportation and Communications
Chairman, Mr. Paulo CAMPOS, Deputy Minister for Public Works, Transportation and Communications
Excellencies,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honor to have the opportunity to be here in beautiful city of Lisbon with you today as a participant in the 2009 World Telecommunication Policy Forum.

On behalf of the Japanese government, I would like to express our gratitude to the government of Portugal and the Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union for inviting us to be a part of this forum, and I would like to thank everyone involved for the warm hospitality extended to us.

Past WTPFs

At the Plenipotentiary Conference held in Kyoto in 1994, Japan proposed the establishment of the World Telecommunication Policy Forum as a venue for discussing telecommunications policy on a global scale.

The World Telecommunication Policy Forums held since then have enabled high-level policymakers from both government and the private sector to foster a shared international awareness of the regulation and policy issues accompanying change in the telecommunications environment. I believe it is important that we continue to recognize the special opportunity that these forums afford us.

It is my hope that this year’s forum will also serve as a venue for meaningful discussion of the policy issues with which the ever-changing world of telecommunications presents us.

Yesterday, prior to the start of this forum, the strategic dialogue on ICTs were held on the topic of “Confronting the Crisis”. The dialogue was extremely enlightening. Japan also recognizes the important role that ICTs have to play in addressing the economic crisis, and we have begun work on a government project that has, as one of its goals, using ICTs to create significant employment opportunities.

Protecting Children Online

Currently in Japan, national attention is being focused on the issue of how to ensure a safe and secure internet environment, as people – particularly children – are exposed to danger through access to internet.

Also, spam, which is distributed in an indiscriminate manner, causes serious problems such as exposing children to danger as well as badly affecting business activities, leading recipients to fraud sites including phishing sites, and overloading telecommunications networks.

Japan presented two opinions for the 2009 World Telecommunication Policy Forum on countering spam and on safer internet environment. Japan’s proposals are included in the draft Opinion 4 on “Collaborative strategies for creating confidence and security in the use of ICTs”.

Last year, Japan passed the “The Act on Development of an Environment That Provides Safe and Secure Internet Use for Youth”. On the basis of the fundamental policy of this act, Japan formulated the “Japan Safer Internet Program” this past January. This program proposes a package of measures that we should take over the next 3 years to develop a safer internet environment.

In line with this program, Japan will actively work on (i) further promotion of the introduction of the mobile filtering service, (ii) support for voluntary initiatives by the private sector, and (iii) enlightenment of users.

As you are aware, information on the internet is distributed across national borders, which means that these issues cannot be effectively addressed solely through the local efforts of a single country; rather, international cooperation and coordination is required.

Upon the adoption of the draft opinion, Japan is willing to provide a forum to share experiences in this field to materialize this opinion.

Contribution to information security field through ITU

Concerning information security, we are willing to share Japan’s experience in the area of botnets which are the main source of spam and a major threat to the modern internet.

Conclusion

In closing, let me highlight that ICTs are driving force for global economic development. ICTs need to be utilized to its full potential to confront the current economic crisis.

Thank you very much and “MUITO OBRIGADO”.