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Japan has embarked on an effort to improve cybersecurity as an ever-increasing number of sophisticated computer viruses threaten to endanger national security.

On March 26, the Self-Defense Forces activated a cyberspace defense unit, the “saiba boeitai,” tasked with monitoring and responding to attacks on the Defense Ministry’s networks. That same month, the government held its first large-scale cybersecurity drill to counter simulated attacks on the ministries and 10 industry associations, including banks and distribution firms.

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