The UK and Japan have unveiled details of a new digital partnership.

The countries’ combined IT sectors are worth more than £406 billion. The partnership will structure engagement between the UK and Japanese governments on a range of digital issues, including how to improve the resilience of globally significant supply chains such as semiconductors and telecommunications. 

The countries will develop joint research and development initiatives to share expertise about these technologies, and align approaches to digital regulation. Improving cyber resilience is also a priority through standardisation of the security of internet-connected products and apps while addressing the risks of digital services in supply chains.

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Collaboration between the UK’s data regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office, and Japanese regulators will be supported through the partnership to give businesses and citizens greater certainty about the security of data sharing between both countries.

“The UK’s relationship with Japan has grown from strength to strength in recent years based on a foundation of shared goals and values,” said UK Digital Secretary Michelle Donelan. 

“Our thriving tech sectors are another opportunity for us to work together to benefit citizens and businesses across both countries. I look forward to deepening our relationship through the UK-Japan Digital Partnership in the future.”

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