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from 09:00 to 11:15
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Japan’s Cyber-Security Strategy: From the Olympics to the World

Hosting mega sports events like the Olympics raises a variety of challenges.

One of the most daunting, as these events are also showcasing tech innovation, is to ensure safety in cyber space. In recent years, the use of cyber-attacks to derail the organization of these events has been multiplying. Japan has taken a variety of measures to reinforce cybersecurity both for government agencies and companies, ahead of the Olympics that should take place in Summer 2021. This conference will therefore present and discuss the cyber threats on this event and the measures taken by Japan to ensure cybersecurity during the Olympics.

This conference will also touch upon the various diplomatic initiatives taken by the Japanese government to act as a leading nation in terms of cybersecurity and cyber governance on the international stage. Japan is a proactive actor in this area, both at multilateral and bilateral levels. Japan's cyber diplomacy in multilateral settings as well as vis à vis the EU, ASEAN, and the US will be presented and discussed.

This conference will be held in English. 

Program (Paris time - CEST)


9:00-10:00 - Cyber-security challenges in hosting mega sports events

Chair: Françoise NICOLAS, Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

  • Jacopo BELLASIO, Senior Analyst – Defence, Security and Infrastructure, RAND Europe
  • Mihoko MATSUBARA, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, NTT Corporation in Tokyo

Discussant: Kavé SALAMATIAN, Professor of Computer Science, University of Savoie



10:15-11:15 - Japan’s proactive diplomacy in cybersecurity and data governance

Chair: Céline PAJON, Head of Japan Research, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

  • Dai MOCHINAGA, Senior Researcher, Keio Research Institute
  • Wilhelm VOSSE, Professor, International Christian University, Tokyo - Visiting professor, Warwick University

Discussant: Julien NOCETTI, Associate Research Fellow, Ifri



This is an online event. The day prior to the debate, registered participants will receive the link to join the session.


Contact the organizers: 

For more information on the event, please contact Céline Pajon: pajon@ifri.org

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