Statement by Minister-Counsellor Mr. Fumito Miyake, on Agenda item 7: Comprehensive and balanced approaches to prevent and adequately respond to new and emerging forms of transnational crime at the 24th Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, 21st May, 2015

Mr. Chairperson,

The Doha Declaration reaffirmed the needs to respond to the threat of cybercrime.

Mr. Chairperson,

To take concerted action against the current and potential threat of cybercrime, the international community should focus on providing technical assistance and capacity-building to strengthen the ability of national authorities to promptly respond to cybercrime.

In this regard, Japan believes that the most effective and practical way forward is to identify gaps and needs of national authorities, to deal with this issue and to provide practical capacity building and technical assistance based on existing international instruments.

The challenge to international cooperation with regards to cybercrime is, not the lack of a universal legal instrument, but gaps and shortfall of Member States’ laws to criminalize the core offences of cybercrime as well as gaps in procedural laws to effectively investigate and cooperate. It is also limited capacity among the law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, judiciary and competent authorities to properly address the issues of cybercrime.

Mr. Chairperson,

Against this backdrop, with a view to a follow up on the implementation of CCPCJ resolution 22/8, Japan contributed to UNODC’s Global Programme on Cybercrime on a project in Southeast Asia. Based on needs assessment, the project provided training for law enforcement officials and prosecutors in digital forensics and handling of digital pieces of evidence. Japan looks forward to continuing to work with UNODC in this field.

Mr. Chairperson,

International cooperation is critical in the fight against cybercrime. In this context, Japan welcomes the initiative made by the Netherlands to launch the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE), which will serve as a valuable platform for building capacity and exchanging knowledge and best practices between a wide variety of States and companies.

The Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, also known as the Budapest Convention, is a useful global framework to strengthen international cooperation to combat cybercrime. Japan ratified the Convention in 2012 and welcomes the global trend of ratifications by non-members of the Council of Europe.

Mr. Chairperson,

I would like to conclude my remarks by reassuring our strong commitment to the fight against cybercrime by supporting technical assistance activities to this end.
The Practical Export Control Workshop was hosted by the Wassenaar Arrangement as part of its 20th Anniversary programs and held at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna on 27 and 28 June 2016. More than 100 government representatives from 46 countries participated in the technically focused Practical Workshop.
Workshop speakers included the 2016 WA Plenary Chair Ambassador Anu Laamanen (Finland), 2016 WA General Working Group Chair Ambassador Paul Beijer (Sweden), 2015-2016 WA Experts Group Chair Robertas Rosinas (Lithuania), 2016 WA Licensing and Enforcement Officers Meeting Chair Jon Erik Strömö (Norway), as well as the Head of the WA Secretariat, Ambassador Philip Griffiths. The WA control lists as well as export licensing and enforcement topics were covered during the two days.
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