Strategic Command shares cyber expertise with Japan

A delegation from the Japanese Cyber Defense Command has met with UK cyber experts in a bid to protect global security.

Major General Akisugu Kimura, commander of the Japanese Cyber Defense Command, visited the UK to learn more about UK Strategic Command’s role within Defence. 

Japan aims to boost the number of cyber operators from 800 to 4,000 by 2027.

The Major General and General Jim Hockenhull, Commander Strategic Command, met in Whitehall to reinforce both nations' commitment to working closely together.

The meeting follows General Hockenhull’s visit to Tokyo last year, during which he discussed regional threats with officials from across the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

Personnel from Defence Intelligence, including Chief of Defence Intelligence Adrian Bird, discussed their experiences in utilising cyber capabilities for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

Visiting Corsham, the Major General met personnel actively working on the digital frontline and Director Operations Rear Admiral Nick Washer.

In May 2023, the prime ministers of the UK and Japan signed the Cyber Partnership agreement and the landmark Hiroshima Accord. 

The Hiroshima Accord is a global strategic partnership covering defence, trade, science and technology collaboration, and working together to tackle global issues like climate change.


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