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The glitch in Japan's plans to bolster U.S. defense

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By Kaori Kaneko, Tim Kelly and John Geddie

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Japan is stepping up to defend America ?

America is taking advantage of Japan more like

Sad but true

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Another “glitch” is the weakening yen, which will now purchase much less than originally planned in the previous defense budget.

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"It's really been an Achilles heel for Japan and the U.S,

In other word, it become liability.

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but Tokyo's cyber and information security vulnerabilities remain a concern, officials and experts say.

Far too many Japanese are overly confident that "someone" is protecting their information, even those who are in charge of actually seeing that it is!

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While I understand the problem Japan has recruiting top level cyber security personnel due to certain requirements such as nationality, fitness level and the lure of private industry money, don't all other countries have these same issues? I doubt the US gov't pays the same as many private companies, and they aren't hiring non-citizens to outsource to. Also don't tell me the military is doing it because he was heard how they are having trouble recruiting in the US as well. So are there other issues in play?

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To become a trusted defense partner of the U.S., Japan should cut back on purchases of American-made weapons and pay good salaries to cyber security experts.

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And on the same front page today, Aichi prefecture lost residents' personal data. Read the article, it kind of summarizes why the U.S. is hesitant about Japan's current cyber security environment. Can't make this stuff, I almost forgot about the news of floppy disks being used by the government.

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The glitch in Japan's plans to bolster U.S. defense

More like US offense.

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Nobody (globally)* can protect their tech properly simply by trying to employ enough adequate infosec staff. There are too many vulnerabilities, including zero day ones. One group can persistently pursue multiple targets and will eventually find weaknesses.

The only viable solution is to design out vulnerabilities. Commercial software will never do that, so systems will need to be air gapped. Your secret stuff can never be on a system that connects to the public internet. Two systems (internal secure and internet facing) per desk. Data movement encrypted whether on media or via customised extranet, not across the public internet.

Although E2EE offers in-transit protection, it isn't any use if the systems at either end are compromised.

Although the internet was originally a DARPA project, it is not now suitable for military use.

*It's not just Japan. https://www.csis.org/programs/strategic-technologies-program/significant-cyber-incidents

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main glitch lies somewhere else.

in fact Japan have own army/called as japan self defence forces/.

WW2 have ended in 1945 korean war in 1953.

today is 2024.

so main glitch is to pack and go back home dear american guys.you are more needed at home say at mexican border.Japan will do just well and with money will save giving to you for nothing-will help to own economy and its citizens.

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I think Kashida actually wants a war

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Another “glitch” is the weakening yen, which will now purchase much less than originally planned in the previous defense budget.

I am tired of this "yen" being too weak challenge. Have you been to America lately? It's moving, fast, people are working, and the economy is vibrant. In no way should the Yen be at the same rate as the U.S. dollar.

Then yen should be more like Mexicos peso...

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UAfanToday 09:03 am JST

main glitch lies somewhere else.

in fact Japan have own army/called as japan self defence forces/.

WW2 have ended in 1945 korean war in 1953.

today is 2024.

so main glitch is to pack and go back home dear american guys.you are more needed at home say at mexican border.Japan will do just well and with money will save giving to you for nothing-will help to own economy and its citizens.

Only if Japan is comfortable being dramatically undefended by saving the small fraction of what the US troops cost.

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Unfortunately, the person in charge, also known as POTUS doesn't have the cognitive functions like "remembering'', "not lying", "exercising judgment'' and communicating with people with actual English phrases and sentences that make sense to help our allies by participating in the conversations they need to have. Both candidates are not suitable. Trying to continue the forever wars in the Middle East, Ukraine, and Taiwan is not the path Japan needs to take.

Trump is not president at the moment. He lost hugely in the last beautiful election.

Covfefe!

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We can see Japan playing both sides this last week.

Kishida dealing with current leaders like Biden along with Xi and sending Aso and Shinzo's widow to create back channels with their opposition. They are desperate without the incompetent Shinzo (grandson of a Japanese war criminal) to get the old people on the LDP's side.

The media has been honing in on the LDP's previous crimes including bribes to the rural communities where a lot of old people vote LDP! They are all "gun shy" at the moment.

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What a disgrace for Japan..

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The current situation in which Japan has been called a spy paradise and has been neglected for many years is extremely problematic.

Even if an attempt was made to enact an anti-espionage law, there was opposition from opposition parties, and there is still no proper anti-espionage law compared to other countries.

Cyber security is also not thoroughly enforced, such as using Chinese-made communication equipment. At present, the value placed on information is still low, and we must not forget the threat that there are many countries in neighboring countries, such as China, Russia, North Korea, and South Korea, that are targeting Japan's information.

We would love to see hundreds of billions of dollars in cybersecurity measures included in defense spending.

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Only if Japan is comfortable being dramatically undefended by saving the small fraction of what the US troops cost.

In actual fact Japan is formidable to any adversary given it's experience.

And doesn't have to use nuclear weapons.

Question is - is it worth it for Japan to be allies with USA

Kishida isn't popular here in Japan or over in USA either

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I think Kashida actually wants a war

Yeah but one he could actually win haha

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To assemble high end professional cybersecurity development teams requires high end investment.

Scripting (Python or PowerShell), intrusion detection, event management, network security control management, d/forensics and malware analysis. Skilled communication across all disciplines.

Innovators, able to quicky respond to trouble shooting tasks on tight timescales under pressure.

Later that year, Japan announced plans to recruit more personnel for its cyber capabilities. But the pace of recruitment seems set to slow, according to the latest defence ministry figures, amid fierce competition for such workers and high private-sector salaries.

The private sector has bespoke recruitment policy, devoted to quality and constant training review. Capture and keep agenda, day one.

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It’s game on for Japan. Especially by the sounds on the cyber security front. The ‘we do things our way here’ mentality will work against them if they don’t move quickly. The slow become the target in this new cyber frontier. Collaboration , communication and cooperation skills will be key.

‘You don’t have to hide gaping holes in the system to cover some idiot boss anymore’, should be the new mantra. Attracting talent and expertise from overseas will also mean that everyone will have to be able to explain themselves well. The big and very overdue system upgrade! Can be done, if the will is there.

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US congress seemed to interpret as if Japanese PM promised that Japan's self-defense team will participate with US forces' battle .

But, those are just PM's dogmatic declaration, present Japanese society has no such intention, at least concrete deliberation at the Diet or national discussion at society haven't done at all.

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Japan has a rock solid manufacturing/retail base. Unrivalled for quality and efficiency.

Top to bottom.

The bureaucratic middle management could be reviewed as can a "seniority" complex

However why this efficiency cannot be mirrored into the world of digital/cybersecurity within military homeland defence, integrating that philosophy to create trust/confidence that J government is secure is a shameful lapse of the basic responsibilities of government.

I have been lead to believe that local government still relies upon the floppy disk, fistfuls of paperwork

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It seems Japan is building up arms, despite the war-renouncing pacifist constitution, at the urge of the U.S., falsely believing that U.S. forces are stationed here to defend Japan. On this false presumption Japan is profusely spending tax money for U.S. forces to be ensconced here very comfortably; also, to buy U.S.-made weapons in quantity.

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Well said Mr Goodman! This country is too naive. Wars in Gaza and Ukraine are fought exclusively for the interest of American military apparatus, and soon Japanese taxpayers will contribute to the narrative brought forward by the above player.

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Totally agree with Voiceofokinawa

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All countries have cyber security issues. All of them. When I worked in Japan, upper management was completely disconnected from technology except their cell phones. They had secretaries to do computer work for them. They didn't seem to understand much about computers or networking at all.

This isn't different other places, except that in Japan, time-served in the company often is more important to leadership positions than understanding the technology.

Most leaders think that if they cannot see it with their eyes, then it isn't really a problem. Bytes flying around networks are too abstract for them to understand.

The US uses air-gapped systems for really secret stuff. Japan uses paper and fax machines. The Russians use paper and mechanical typewriters, since their computer networks have been compromised (love seeing the faces of Chinese and Russian hackers at work in their secure offices) on the Wanted-by-FBI posters.

https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cyber

What Japan needs to learn, if they haven't already, is that they need their own people understanding and securing their computers and networks, not some corporation. Corporations are trying to get the money first and actually provide security 2nd, even on security contracts.

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The alliance between our countries is very important.

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