September 16, 2019
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 In Cybercrime

Country: Japan
Delegate Name: Griffin Ransom

Country: Japan
Committee: SOCHUM
Topic: Cybercrime
Delegate: Griffin Ransom
School: Williamston High School

Cybercrime is a global and rising issue, one of it’s biggest flaws is that it can be untraceable. The most common motives for cyber crimes are the exploitation of information from individuals, corporations, and governments. Since the pandemic started early 2020, the amount of cybercrimes has increased exponentially. Furthermore, some of the things at risk of cybercrimes are large and small businesses, employees, and personal information. Another important aspect is the cost to recover from these cyber crimes, the damage cost is estimated around 6 trillion USD. A few other important types of cyber crimes include; fraud, trafficking, money laundering, identity theft and blackmail.
Japan is a part of the Convention on Cybercrime, which was signed by Japan back in November of 2001; It’s the first international treaty seeking to address internet and computer crime (cybercrime) by harmonizing national laws, improving investigative techniques, and increasing cooperation among nations. Other countries are a part of the convention on cybercrime such as the United States, Canada, UK, Spain, and Germany. Overall Japan has a low crime rate, but cybercrime has shown an increasing trend, increasing to 9,875 cybercrime cases in 2020, an increase of 4% from 2019. Another step Japan has taken to combat cyber crime is by making the punishments more severe for cyber-criminals. Under a new law, the maximum penalty for creating and distributing viruses is three years imprisonment or a fine of up to 500,000 yen ($4,376.62 USD). The maximum penalty for sending emails containing pornographic images is two years of imprisonment or a fine of up to 2,500,000 yen ($21,879.73 USD). The most common type of cyber crimes in Japan is violations of the laws against child prostitution and child pornogrpahy, followed up by fruad, and copyright violation.
Japan is spearheading the proposed regional alliance, which aims to include the ten ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asain Nations) members as well as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), a forum for political and security issues that includes China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia, the United States, and 13 other countries. An office to exchange cyber security information, laws, policies, and practices is planned for the alliance, as well as cooperative counter-cyber-attack exercises and research to analyze and prevent assaults, particularly those on critical infrastructure.

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