Japan and the US to promote cooperation in cyber security; The Japan-Taiwan fishing pact goes into effect without specific rules; Japan, China and South Korea to launch a policy dialogue to combat air pollution problems
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  • According to reports, during the two-day long first round of the Japan-US Cyber Dialogue which was held in Tokyo from May 10-11, both the countries agreed to promote bilateral cooperation in cyber security. Their primary goal is to ensure protection of nuclear power plants and other critical infrastructure from possible cyber-attacks. 1

    In another development, according to reports, the Japan-Taiwan fishing pact that was concluded in April this year, has become effective since May 10. Under this pact, Taiwanese fishing boats are allowed to operate in the joint fishing zone within Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) near the Senkaku islands. However, as both the sides are yet to reach an agreement on the fishing rules in the joint zone, the pact became effective with no rules. 2 In the meantime, in order to prevent illegal fishing by Taiwanese ships outside the waters covered under the fisheries accord, the Japanese government has decided to double the number of patrol boats in the waters near the Senkaku islands. 3

    In other developments, according to reports, during the recently held two-day long annual ministerial meeting among the environment ministers of Japan, China and South Korea on May 6, the three countries agreed to launch a policy dialogue in order to deal with growing challenges related to air pollution. The working-level officials from the three countries are to promote exchanges of information on measures to handle the problems and technologies for monitoring air pollution to reinforce three-way cooperation further. 4