Japan, U.S. defense chiefs meet with cybersecurity in focus
(Japan Economic Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TOKYO, Oct. 3 -- (Kyodo) _ (EDS: TO BE UPDATED)
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met Thursday in Tokyo to confirm their cooperation on fighting cyberattacks and training personnel capable of countering such new borderless threats.
Onodera and Hagel will likely agree on creating a bilateral framework to discuss measures to counter cyberattacks on government agencies and other organizations -- attacks that have often been blamed on countries such as China and North Korea, Japanese officials said.
The ministers are also expected to discuss steps to reduce the burden on Okinawa of hosting the bulk of U.S. military bases in Japan, including an early return of land and facilities south of Kadena Air Base to the southernmost prefecture.
China's increased assertiveness at sea and North Korea's nuclear and missile development will be one of the major agendas during the talks, the officials said.
Foreign and defense ministers from Japan and the United States are scheduled to meet later in the day in Tokyo, with their focus on the future of the long-standing U.S.-Japan security alliance and a series of measures for Okinawa, where anti-base sentiment runs high.
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