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Press Release

May 4, 2012

Outcome of the Ministerial Dialogues of Mr. Tatsuo Kawabata, Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications with the British Government and the European Commission

  Mr. Tatsuo Kawabata, Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, visited the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Belgium from May 1 (Tue) to May 4 (Fri), 2012. Minister Kawabata had the ministerial dialogues on ICT with the British Government and the European Commission and announced the joint statements on policy cooperation in the field of ICT with both parties.

1.Background

  Currently, international discussions on policy issues regarding the Internet have become active. It is necessary for Japan to strategically respond to this trend endeavoring to seek policy coordination with major countries.
  Minister Kawabata visited the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Belgium and had the ministerial dialogues on ICT with the British Government and the European Commission in order to strengthen the relationship with the United Kingdom that is leading discussions on the Internet policy issues in Europe based on the joint statement issued by leaders of the two countries in April 2012 and to construct a robust cooperative relationship with the European Commission regarding policies in the field of ICT.
 

2.Outline

(1) Schedule: May 1 (Tue) to May 4 (Fri), 2012
(2) Countries visited: The United Kingdom (London) and the Kingdom of Belgium (Brussels)
(3) Outline of dialogues
  In the discussion with Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport of the United Kingdom, views on policy issues regarding the Internet were exchanged and a joint statement confirming the partnership between the two countries in Internet policy issues was announced after the discussion.
  In the discussion with Ms. Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and European Digital Agenda Commissioner, views on Internet policy issues as well as policy issues in the field of ICT such as Internet security, cloud computing, safer Internet for children, cooperation on R&D in ICT field, and response to active and healthy ageing society were exchanged and a joint statement confirming the partnership between Japan and EU regarding those policy issues was announced after the discussion.

(Attachments)

The Joint statement on Internet Policy Issues between Mr. Tatsuo Kawabata, Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications and Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport
http://www.soumu.go.jp/main_content/000157955.pdf

The Joint statement regarding future comprehensive cooperation in ICT between Mr. Tatsuo Kawabata, Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications and Ms. Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission
http://www.soumu.go.jp/main_content/000158217.pdf
 

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International Policy Division,
Global ICT Strategy Bureau, MIC
TEL: +81 3 5253 5920 / FAX: +81 3 5253 5924

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