Before delivering a keynote address at a cybersecurity conference at Keio University in May, Sasakawa USA’s Admiral Dennis Blair said his goals were two-fold: “to strengthen U.S.–Japan bilateral ties by finding issues of common interest and working together to solve them, and to make tangible contributions towards the actual resolution of same.”
Blair’s comments were published in an article by C. Bryan Jones in the June issue of The Journal, a publication by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ). The article details information shared by cybersecurity experts at Spotlight on Cybersecurity: Critical Infrastructure Protection, IoT, and U.S.–Japan Cooperation, an event held by the U.S. Commercial Service and sponsored by Sasakawa USA and Keio University. The conference assembled Japanese and American leaders from industry, government, and academia to discuss challenges in cybersecurity in the coming years, as well as solutions to those challenges.
Blair’s keynote address was on “Securing the Internet of Things,” while Sasakawa USA Fellow for Cybersecurity Bud Roth and Sasakawa Peace Foundation Advisor Noboru Yamaguchi lead panels on critical infrastructure protection. Other speakers included Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Toshiaki Endo, Keio University Professor and Japanese computer scientist Dr. Jun Murai, and cyber security expert Melissa Hathaway. Presenting companies included Microsoft, NTT, Cisco, Lockheed Martin, Hitachi, and Palo Alto Networks.
Read The Journal article on the event here (on Page 47).