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Standardization of AI Safety: Risks, Opportunities, and International Cooperation


In recent years, while AI technology has rapidly developed, there have been concerns about unauthorized learning by AI, copyright issues in AI-generated images, and the handling of personal and confidential information by AI. These concerns point to delays in addressing institutional, legal, and ethical challenges related to AI technology. The extremely unique problems of AI technology are becoming increasingly difficult to manage within the framework of a single country's systems, especially in our current society where the movement of people, goods, and information across borders is accelerating.

In this 21st century era of AI, the United Kingdom, which is intensifying its shift towards Asia and is on the verge of joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and Japan, will discuss the risks associated with AI. This discussion is expected to be highly beneficial in providing insights for both countries to take leadership in forming rules regarding AI.

In an era of deepening Japan-UK relations, which could be called the 'Rebirth of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance', the Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at RCAST, The University of Tokyo, and the British Embassy Tokyo will co-host a symposium. The symposium, titled 'Standardization AI Safety: Risks, Opportunities, and International Cooperation,' will be held on February 7th, and will feature Lindy Cameron CB OBE, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre, as a keynote speaker.


Overview of the event

Date February 7th, 14:30~16:30
Place the University of Tokyo, Komaba II Campus ENEOS Hall (RCAST 3rd South Building 1st floor) (4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8904)
Capacity 172
Fee For Free
Speakers Keynote Speaker
- Lindy Cameron CB OBE (Chief Executive Officer, National Cyber Security Centre, the UK)

- Mina Takazawa (Director for Government Affairs, Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.)
- Naoya Takeishi(Lecturer, RCAST, The University of Tokyo)
- Daisuke Kawai (Deputy Director of ESRP / Project Assistant Professor, RCAST, The University of Tokyo)

- Akira Igata (Director of ESRP / Project Lecturer, RCAST, The University of Tokyo)
Language English(simultaneous translation will be provided)
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04.03.2024 Past
Japan-U.S. Economic Security Policy Coordination: Development and Protection of Critical and Emerging Technologies

Economic security has become one of the top priority areas for policy-makers in both Japan and the United States. Furthermore, there is now a general consensus between the two countries regarding the perception of shared economic security risks as well as in areas where cooperation among allies and partners in addressing these risks would be mutually beneficial.

However, there are areas of specific policy coordination that require further discussion to promote an effective U.S.-Japan economic security cooperation. The development and protection of critical and emerging technologies is a top concern among them, where coordination and cooperation in using numerous policy tools would be effective in furthering the national interests of both countries. These include: subsidies; joint R&D; visa regulations; export controls; inbound and outbound investment screening mechanisms; and cyber security.

In order to discuss these issues, the Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at RCAST, The University of Tokyo and Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA will co-host a symposium titled "Japan-U.S. Economic Security Policy Coordination: Development and Protection of Critical and Emerging Technologies" on March 4th. This symposium will feature speakers from the U.S. who have been at the forefront of practice and research in these issues in the government, legal practice, academia, think tank, and business sectors.

21.02.2024 Past
Towards a New Era of Japan - Central and Eastern Europe Collaboration (CEE): Economic Security, Counter-Disinformation, and Taiwan

The relationship between Japan and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has been one of the underexplored areas in international politics. However, the threat perception and foreign policy of the CEE states are changing due to the dramatic shift in the global security environment. This change has opened up new possibilities for cooperation between Japan and CEE countries.

ESRP is proud to invite three speakers from the European Values Center for Security Policy (EVC), a Prague-based think tank and the only European think tank with a permanent presence in Taiwan. The three speakers will discuss "Economic Security," "Disinformation," and "Taiwan" from the perspective of the CEE countries. This will be followed by a moderated discussion and a Q&A with the audience.

30.01.2024 Past
Japan-ROK Economic Security Symposium: Semiconductors, AI, and Sustainable Technologies

The Japan-ROK relationship is on the brink of a new era. Both nations can significantly contribute to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and the creation of a sustainable society by deepening multifaceted cooperation.

In this context, to deepen exchanges between Japan and South Korea and explore common issues and solutions, the Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) and the Initiative for Global Security and Energy Transition at RCAST, The University of Tokyo welcomes the faculty members from the Economic Security Cluster at the Institute for Future Strategy (IFS), Seoul National University, to co-host an in-person public symposium titled "Japan-ROK Economic Security Symposium: Semiconductor, AI, and Sustainable Technologies" from 15:00-17:00 on January 30.

【ROK's economic Security Policies】
- Jong Hee Park (Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Seoul National University)

【Semiconductors and AI Cooperation】
- Seok Joon Kwon (Assistant Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University)

【Carbon Neutral Technology and Climate Change】
- Ki Tae Nam (Professor, Material Science and Engineering, Seoul National University)

【Japan's Economic Security Policies, Semiconductors, and AI】
- Akira Igata (Director of ESRP / Project Lecturer, RCAST, The University of Tokyo)

【LCA of Sustainable Technology】
- Eri Amasawa (Project Associate Professor, RCAST, RE-Global, The University of Tokyo)

【Biotech and Food Production】
- Megumi Avigail Yoshitomi (Visiting Researcher, RCAST, The University of Tokyo / President, Japan Association for Cellular Agriculture (JACA))

日・NATOシンポジウム2023 – 新たな安全保障上の課題への挑戦
13.11.2023 Past
NATO-Japan Symposium 2023: Emerging Security Challenges

The world is facing upheaval due to global challenges, including China's military build-up, Russia's aggression in Ukraine, Middle East tensions, and North Korea's nuclear program.

Japan, along with Australia, South Korea, and New Zealand, participated in NATO's summit, highlighting close cooperation between NATO and the Indo Pacific. The Individually Tailored Partnership Programme for 2023-2026 strengthens collaboration between NATO and Japan to promote international peace, stability, and the rules-based international order. This partnership focuses on addressing security challenges like economic security, cyber-attacks, emerging technologies, and building resilient societies to protect populations and territories.

The Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement was entered into in 2019 to enhance our economic cooperation as a model of economic order in the 21st century based on free and fair rule. We also launched a strategic dialogue on security issues and laid the groundwork for closer cooperation in the areas of economic security, in particular on emerging technologies, supply chain diversification and anti-coercion measures.

Against this backdrop, Japan-EU-NATO Symposium 2023 will take place on 11/13, co-hosted by NATO, EU, Royal Danish Embassy and Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST). In this event, we will discuss issues related to Economic Security, Cognitive Warfare, and partnership between Japan and NATO.


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