Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Union leaders will agree at a summit in Brussels on May 7 to launch a dialogue to boost cybersecurity, according to a draft of a statement that is expected to be issued after the meeting.

With China as a suspected source of cyberattacks in mind, the draft joint statement says, "Facing more severe, widespread and globalized risks surrounding cyberspace ... protection of a safe, open and secure cyberspace is needed."

Abe and the EU leaders, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, will also agree to hold an inaugural meeting of a Japan-EU dialogue on the stable use of outer space in the latter half of this year in Tokyo, the draft says.