Joint Press Statement for the Eighth U.S.-Japan Policy Cooperation Dialogue on the Internet Economy

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 25, 2017

The United States and Japan emphasized their commitment to further cooperation to develop the digital economy during the eighth meeting of the U.S.-Japan Policy Cooperation Dialogue on the Internet Economy in Washington, D.C., on September 21 and 22, 2017.

In this dialogue, which included a session with private sector representatives, both countries affirmed their joint commitment to an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet that fosters efficiency, innovation, communication, social diversity, inclusiveness and sustainable economic growth, while respecting privacy and guarding against disruption, fraud, and theft. Participants discussed policy approaches critical to supporting innovation, the free flow of data, the protection of privacy, and growth in the digital economy.

In particular, both countries affirmed that the outcome of this dialogue should be reported to the next meeting of the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue led by Vice President Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Aso.

Both countries welcomed the letter to the U.S. and Japanese Governments submitted by private sector representatives from the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and Keidanren. The private sector component of the dialogue included robust discussions on enabling digital trade and the free flow of data, protection of privacy, and trending technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT).

(1) International Coordination

Both countries emphasized the importance of an inclusive, open, and transparent system of Internet governance based on the multistakeholder approach. Both countries resolved to continue their close cooperation in global Internet policy discussions in international fora such as the G7, G20, OECD, APEC, Freedom Online Coalition, ITU, WSIS, ICANN, the Internet Governance Forum, and others. In particular, both countries confirmed the importance of closely working together in preparation for international meetings including the G7 ICT/Industry Ministerial meeting in Turin, Italy, and the World Telecommunication Development Conference in Argentina.

(2) Cross-border data flows and privacy protection

Both countries affirmed the importance of the digital economy and the free flow of data to drive growth in both traditional and new sectors of the economy and to businesses of all sizes. They confirmed continued close cooperation on the importance of the free flow of information across borders while promoting effective information privacy protection, including our joint support for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system. The United States and Japan reaffirmed each country’s commitment to implement and expand both country and company participation in the APEC CBPR system and their intention to work together towards this objective.

(3) Digital trade

Both countries reaffirmed the importance of working together closely to promote a free and fair trade environment and to challenge third-country restrictions on digital trade, including data localization measures; restrictions on the free flow of information; restrictions on the purchase, sale, or use of ICT products by commercial enterprises; and requirements to transfer source code or other technology as a condition of market access. Both countries recognized that such trade-restrictive measures are often disguised as cybersecurity protections. Both countries affirmed the importance of protecting intellectual property—including trade secrets and other confidential business information—and combatting ICT-enabled theft of intellectual property for commercial gain.

(4) Cybersecurity

Both countries affirmed the importance of cybersecurity for the success of the Internet Economy and shared information on certain national initiatives to enhance each country’s capacity to address cybersecurity, such as through workforce development.

(5) Research and development cooperation

Participants welcomed progress on research and development cooperation including in areas of the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, and next generation networking. In particular, both countries welcomed the progress of cooperation in the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC), led by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Both countries also noted the successful collaboration on the Japan/U.S. Networking Opportunity (JUNO) on Trustworthy Networking for Smart and Connected Communities, between the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), as well as ongoing NSF-Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) efforts to build U.S.-Japan research connections on Smart and Connected Communities, cyber-physical systems, and big data. Both countries affirmed they would continue to coordinate research and development cooperation through the U.S.-Japan Joint Commission on Science and Technology Cooperation framework.

(6) Expanding telecommunication and information access

Both countries exchanged experiences on network technology transitions related to Internet protocol technology and recent regulatory developments to encourage investment and promote competition. Additionally, the United States shared information on its efforts to promote accessibility in broadcasting for persons with disabilities. Alongside the dialogue, both countries also held an expert-level consultation for more in-depth discussions on respective regulatory developments, such as open access and interconnection, which are designed to encourage investment and promote competition.


Robert Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy at the Department of State; James Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services at the Department of Commerce; and officials representing the Department of State, the Department of Commerce, the Federal Communications Commission, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Treasury, and the National Science Foundation participated from the United States. Director-General Kenichi Imabayashi of the Global Strategy Bureau from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), with the participation of officials representing MIC; the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Personal Information Protection Commission (PPC); the National center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC); the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT); and the Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA) participated from Japan.