H.E. Mr. Mario LINO, Minister of Public Works,
Transportation and Communications
Chairman, Mr. Paulo CAMPOS, Deputy Minister for Public Works,
Transportation and Communications
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.
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
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
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.
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”.