The UK has reaffirmed its commitment to working alongside the Japanese government to improve internet governance and security by working closely on the issue.
In a joint statement, the UK's secretary of state for culture, media and sport, Jeremy Hunt and Japanese minister for internal affairs and communications, Tatsuo Kawabata, said they would strengthen bilateral consultations on cyberspace.
The ministers emphasised the positive role the internet can play in delivering sustainable economic growth and “democratisation processes”.
“Both sides therefore recognised the importance of maximising the role and the value of the internet,” they said in a joint statement.
But while that commitment will likely extend co-operation and information sharing in fields such as cyber security, it may be less welcomed in some quarters when it comes to internet governance or cyber warfare.
Under the joint agreement signed yesterday, the UK and Japan said they would “endeavouring to ensure internet policies are coherent and compatible at the international level, so that users can enjoy the maximum benefits from the internet.”
With tensions running high over international cyber espionage, it was always likely that the UK government would want to strengthen its international cyber information sharing arrangements.
The Japanese may also be nervous about cyber threats after its parliament was famously attacked by hackers believed to be based in China.
More controversially, however, Japan hosted the government representatives that signed up to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, in October 2011.
Closer ties that result in the development of similar proposals are likely to meet stiff resistance from internet advocacy groups across the globe.
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