India and Japan have decided to set up a working group to identify
specific areas in information and communication technology (ICT) where
they can collaborate - in areas such as cyber security.
Yoshizaki, vice minister for policy coordination, ministry of internal
affairs and communications, Japan, and Anil Kaushal, member of Telecom
Commission of India, signed a joint statement Thursday, which said the
thrust area would be development of technology and standards.
wish to cover many topics in ICT under this partnership. The working
group will implement the intent of the joint statement," Kondo Masanori,
Director for International Cooperation Affairs, Ministry of Internal
Affairs and Communications, Japan, told IANS in an interview.
Masanori said each country has its own expertise and they are looking at a mutual collaboration.
we have identified three key areas of specific work - cyber security,
disaster management and capacity building," added Kaushal.
said Japan would look forward to Indian collaboration in combating
cyber attacks. "Every day there are numerous cyber attacks. We are
looking forward to combating those."
Talking separately to IANS,
Kaushal said Japan is much ahead in broadband technology compared to
India. "We have much to learn from them."
There are over 50
Japanese companies in India in the ICT filed. Some renowned names
include Fujitsu India, Olympus (India), Ricoh India, Panasonic
Industrial Asia, Sony India and Sumitomo Electric Industries.
There are also many Indian companies operating in Japan, mostly in software development.
Both the countries are keen on private sector collaboration as well, he said.
about the importance of ICT in disaster management, Masanori said India
has evinced interest to learn disaster mitigation through ICT from
Japan. " The Indian government is keen to adopt our disaster mitigation
strategy through ICT. We are also ready to cooperate and share."
which is very prone to earthquake, manages to mitigate natural disaster
to an extent using ICT. It collects data through censor-linked
function, do data analysis and sends out alert to people. "Data
dissemination is very important. We have to build the entire
Kaushal said it is important for India to learn
disaster management, especially after the Uttarakhand floods in which
The two countries will also look forward to
mutually beneficial collaboration on international platforms like the
International Telecommunication Union and the Asia Pacific