Okinawa to host WEF cybersecurity summit

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The government will host a cybersecurity conference jointly with the World Economic Forum in Okinawa in November, Japanese officials announced at this year’s annual economic conference in Switzerland.

The two-day WEF cyberconference, scheduled to start on Nov. 7, will bring together some 250 experts, politicians and CEOs from leading companies to discuss Internet security and share the latest information on the issue, according to the Cabinet Office.

In addition to European Central Bank’s decision to jump on the quantitative easing bandwagon, cybersecurity is one of the hottest topics at this year’s gathering of the rich and powerful in Davos.

Last year, the well-funded cybersecurity operation at JP Morgan Chase & Co. was hacked, and the destructive cyberattack on Sony Pictures highlighted the risks hacking can pose to free speech.

The government also announced Thursday that, in cooperation with the WEF, Kyoto and Tokyo will host the World Forum on Sports and Culture from Oct. 19 to 22 in 2016.

Some 2,000 top-level artists and athletes are expected to attend the event, which will be held at the National Art Center in Tokyo and a second venue in Kyoto that has yet to be selected.

The sports and culture forum announcement came after education minister Hakubun Shimomura signed an agreement earlier in the day with WEF Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab to host the event.

“To hold such an international meeting in Japan right after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 is very important to create the momentum for the 2020 Tokyo Games,” Shimomura said. “We need to create a movement where people around the world will want to visit Japan.”

The government is on a mission to push tourism numbers in Japan to 20 million by 2020 and 30 million by 2030.