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Press Release

January 27, 2012

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Japan-U.S. Trade Principles for ICT Services

The Government of Japan has published a set of trade principles for the information and communication technology (ICT) services sector, jointly developed with the Government of the United States, which will support overseas expansion of Japanese businesses in the ICT services sector.

1. Background

In order to support the overseas expansion of Japanese businesses in the rapidly growing ICT services sector, it is indispensable to improve the business environment by ensuring regulatory transparency, preserving open networks, ensuring cross-border free flow of information and so on.

In the framework of “the U.S.-Japan Economic Harmonization Initiative,”* both governments have been considering a set of trade principles for ICT services with the view to share a common understanding on promoting trade in the ICT services sector such as regulatory transparency, and to encourage other countries to adopt these principles.

On January 27, 2012, both governments jointly developed these principles (For the full text of the Japan-U.S. Trade Principles for ICT Services, visit here).

In developing the Japan-U.S. Trade Principles for ICT Services, Japan and the United States have referred to “European Union-United States Trade Principles for ICT services”**, which was developed on April 4, 2011.


* U.S.-Japan Economic Harmonization Initiative
A dialog
ue was launched inFACT SHEET ON NEW U.S.-JAPAN INITIATIVES” (*) at the Japan-U.S. summit meeting in November 2010.

(*)Extract from FACT SHEET ON NEW U.S.-JAPAN INITIATIVES

“The Economic Harmonization Initiative aims to contribute to our economic growth by promoting cooperation to harmonize approaches that facilitate trade, address business climate and individual issues, and advance coordination on regional issues of common interest.”

For the “Record of Discussion” of this Initiative, visit here.

** European Union-United States Trade Principles for ICT services
For the full text of the principles, visit here.

2. Overview

The Japan-U.S. Trade Principles for ICT Services consist of 12 items as listed below. These principles, which are documentation of shared ideas between both countries for promoting trade, do not create any legally binding obligations. 


1. Transparency

2. Cross-Border Information Flows

3. Open Networks, Network Access and Use

4. Interconnection

5. Unbundling of Network Elements

6. Local Infrastructure and Local Presence

  7. Foreign Ownership

  8. Use of Spectrum

  9. Digital Products

10. Regulatory Authorities

11. Authorizations and Licenses

12. International Cooperation


+++++++++++++++ [Contact]

International Policy Division
Global ICT Strategy Bureau
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)
Tel: +81-3-5253-5376  Fax: +81-3-5253-5925

Second North America Division
North American Affairs Bureau
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tel: +81-3-5501-8278

Americas Division
Trade Policy Bureau
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Tel: +81-3-3501-1094
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