Japan's Security / Peace & Stability of the International Community
Basic Position of the Government of Japan on International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations
June 16, 2021
- The Governmental Group of Experts (GGE) on Cybersecurity, in which Japan has participated since 2019, has requested its members to submit a document on their views about the subject of how international law applies to the use of information and communications technologies by States in accordance with its establishment resolution. Japan submitted such document to the GGE according to that request, and, today, publishes the document（"Basic Position of the Government of Japan on International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations(PDF)
- This document reaffirms that existing international law, including UN Charter in its entirety, is applicable to cyber operations, and states the present position of the Government of Japan on the most important and most basic matters on how existing international law applies to cyber operations.
- The Government of Japan hopes that the shared international understanding on how international law applies to cyber operations will be deepened through international discussions, and that, as a result, malicious activities in cyberspace will be deterred.
- The Government of Japan's policy is to continue actively participating in relevant discussions, including ones held under the auspices of the UN.