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[January 30, 2014]

Japan, U.S. to hold 1st working-level talks on cyber security

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TOKYO, Jan. 31 -- (Kyodo) _ Japanese and U.S. officials will meet for their first two-day working level talks on cyber security at the beginning of next week, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Friday.

"We'd like to improve our technological levels through cooperation with the United States, which has the most advanced technology and human resources," Onodera said at a press conference.

Ro Manabe, deputy director general of the Bureau of Defense Policy, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense John Davis will co-chair the meeting, joined by Japanese Self-Defense Forces and U.S. military personnel, to discuss how to share information and train experts, Japan's Defense Ministry said.

In October, Defense Minister Onodera and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel agreed to establish a framework for officials at the vice-ministerial level to meet twice a year to coordinate efforts to counter cyberattacks, often blamed on countries like North Korea and China.

(c) 2014 Kyodo News International, Inc.

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