Message from President

Hiroshi Esaki, Ph.D
(Professor,Graduate School of Information Science and Technology,The University of Tokyo)
Hiroshi Esaki, Ph.D

Computer networks formed by the genes of “digitization” and “networking” are steadily and rapidly expanding their deployment areas. The Internet, a global open and transparent computer network, has evolved to connect not only conventional computers but also all electronic digital devices on the earth across the national borders, enabling free data exchange among all digital devices. This automatically leads that we have had to deliver and to deploy appropriate level and quality of cyber security to all devices (Things), which have never been assumed to be connected to the Internet. Furthermore, as symbolized by the Metaverse and Web3, virtual digital spaces are being built and deployed over the Internet, creating new social and industrial spaces, and the diversity of areas in which we must take responsibility is rapidly expanding.

Also, governments have come to recognize that the Internet is an important and critical infrastructure for society and industry, and governments around the world have come to recognize cybersecurity as an important policy business, and it has also become to recognized as a new area of military business. As a result, cybersecurity has come to be recognized as a strategically important area for economic and for national security. It is the expansion of the country's involvement in the global Internet.

Under these circumstances, Japan has proposed to the world the delivery, establishment and preservation of global infrastructure called DFFT (Data Free Flow Trust) that achieve the free flow of digital data with peace and safe of mind. Most of established countries agree with the importance of DFFT for every single country and for human-being. In order to establish a healthy future digital society and world with DFFT, it is clear that continuous research and development of cyber security technology and its deployment are prerequisites and our responsibility. Furthermore, we must realize and share that cyber security is “not” provided by the government, but by “self-help” the first, by mutual help the second, and public help as the last resort, i.e., the public help by government is the first must not be deployed. In other words, though the help by government is important, we must deliver “equal” cooperation and collaboration by multi-stakeholders with a well-balanced among industry, government, academia and citizens, while realizing that government does have large and critical power to our society.

JNSA has been established around when the e-Japan concept was proposed, with the delivery and deployment of a digital society as a new national strategy. At that time, the importance of cyber security was not yet widely recognized, and it can be said that it was the creation and delivery of an important organization that must contribute to the development of the most important areas for the delivery of social and industrial digital infrastructure toward the 21st century. Various organizations from industry, government, and academia participate in the JNSA, where honest and equal discussions are held with mutual respects. Our activities, contributing to the delivery and establishment of mutual assistance among all participants to JNSA, have contributed to the establishment of public assistance to our home country and all the countries on our globe, while making effective proposals to our government and society. The service areas and related organizations provided by computer networks are expanding more and more, becoming more complex and diversified. We must realize that we have an opportunity to contribute and a responsibility to the success of our and future world, which is based on “digital”.

Please let me show my great thanks and respects to all of the participating organizations of the JNSA for your contribution with your unique and professional strengths, and ask your participation and contribution more than ever, your invitation of new colleagues, and your collaborative work to create a better digital information environment passing it to the next generation. We look forward to your continuous participation and productive contribution for our future brighter digital world.

Hiroshi Esaki, Ph.D.,
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology,
The University of Tokyo