Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 16
For Japan, a Winning Formula is Cyber Defense and Innovation Offense
The already great and increasing importance of the cyber domain in strategic competition makes the need for Japan to advance its cyber-security and technology entrepreneurship development all the more pressing. Japan lags behind other major economies in this regard due to particular characteristics of its business environment and a lack of ways to develop talent for key cyber jobs. Coupled with Japan’s aging population and competition from China, continued delay in addressing cyber and innovation concerns will lead to decreased competitiveness for the Japanese economy and military. However, Japan is in a unique position to leverage its existing public-private ties, already tech-savvy population, and the upcoming Tokyo Olympics to develop its cyber and entrepreneurial capacities.
About the Authors
Krista Auchenbach is Senior Strategy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Daniel Kliman is a Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. Both participated in the 2017 Sasakawa USA Emerging Experts Delegation to Japan focused on cyber-security and technology entrepreneurship. This commentary represents their personal views only and does not reflect upon the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, the Secretary of Defense, or the Center for a New American Security.
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This paper serves as Issue No. 16 of the Sasakawa USA Forum, a platform for research and analysis related to Japan and U.S.-Japan relations in a bilateral, regional, and global context. In order to gain a more comprehensive view of U.S.-Japan relations, the Sasakawa USA Forum publishes research from experts outside of our organization. Click here for details on how to submit research for consideration.
Featured image: The scenery of cybercity: Shibuya, Tokyo. ( Flickr)