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Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary

Thursday, September 20, 2012 (PM)

Press Conference by the Chief Cabinet Secretary (Excerpt)

[Provisional Translation]


  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's comments on recent situations involving Japan's territory
  • Cyber attacks in relations to the Senkaku Islands


REPORTER: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations (UN) seemed to express concern regarding the territorial clashes between Japan and China and Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) and suggested that meetings be set up between the parties on the occasion of the session of the UN General Assembly. This morning, you stated that foreign ministers' meetings were being arranged. What is your view on the need for such meetings?  

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY FUJIMURA: Right now, arrangements are being made to hold meetings with a variety of countries on the sidelines of the UN meetings. We believe it is important that we clearly express Japan's position and Japan's claims and exchange views at international fora, including the UN. While I am not sure of the UN Secretary-General's exact words, if it was being suggested that Japan clearly express our position also at the UN, then our response is that yes, of course we will being doing that.


REPORTER: I have a question on the cyber attacks. Yesterday, it was announced that cyber attacks on 19 websites of organizations, including administrative agencies and private companies, have been confirmed, which are believed to be related to the issue of the Senkaku Islands. At this point in time, have you received any information about new, similar attacks which have taken place since then?

CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY FUJIMURA: The Cabinet Secretariat is leading the information collection efforts in close partnership with relevant ministries and agencies. The necessary responses are also being taken. Furthermore, we are receiving reports from organizations whose websites were made unavailable or were altered or otherwise hit by the cyber attacks. We have asked the relevant ministries and agencies to caution organizations as necessary, among other measures. While I will refrain from responding on the details as doing so will interfere with the forthcoming responses, I can say that Government organizations as a whole will continue to further enhance and strengthen the information security measures while referring to past incidents, including this incident.

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