Draft 0 9/11/01
and Stability of the Internet:
an International Perspective
Senior Vice Minister for Public Management, Home Affairs,
Posts and Telecommunications
Government of Japan
Distinguished board members,
Ladies and gentlemen,
am very honored
to be invited to speak today to
in the special
meeting on the Security and Stability of the Internet Naming and Address Allocation Systems.
First of all, I
would like to express
my solidarity t o the
American people. My
thoughts are always with
the victims and their families , who suffered from the abominable
acts of barbaric crime that
the whole world witnessed two months ago.
Secondly, I am deeply
moved by the efforts of all the
people involved in this meeting under these
trying circumstances since September 11.
may think of me as a prim man represent ing
the Japanese government. In reality I am a
member of the Internet Family like you , for
I am connected
the moment I entered this hall. In
Japan we adjusted the frequency band for wireless LAN
in the country two years ago to
make same cards
in the world. So I can be connected via wireless Internet
even though I arrived from Japan .
would like to address you
as a member
of the Internet Family.
- Why I am here? There are two reasons:
first one is, of course,
concerned about ensuring the security of the Internet , which is the
nervous system of the contemporary world after watching the tragic
is , however, that I
was astounded to
learn that ICANN decided to hold a meeting focused on t his
only after that event
of September 11. As one
Internet user, I was thinking that
this theme sh ould ve
been exhausted ages
ago. I think this theme was, is, and will always be, very important.
- “What is Man?” is one of the eternal questions of the
human race, yet there are few who would disagree that people are intellectual animals.
(I mean human beings are
intellectual in general, which does not necessarily mean it is also the case
with me.) [i] all time and space. It is the
tool of the humankind of the , on par with the agricultural revolution and the
- The Internet has gone from a network serving
researchers to a network for use by everyday people.
Internet is part of the foundation of society
and people. From kindergarten pupils to
use the Internet as they
would a TV remote control or water faucet. The use of the Internet has risen
skyward, partly due to the
www (world wide web). It
used to be like a simple spider's web: easily broken by the wind or the rain or
a small falling leaf. Now it
is like a strong hammock, made of netted
cords, rigged between trees with thick
ropes. People rely on it and repose themselves there.
You can enhance its reliability by firmly tying each
knot. By weaving minutely, you can make
it robust enough to support
you even if a part of it is damaged.
- As the role and importance of the
Internet has changed, it is becoming more and more
important to secure
safety and stability of the Internet as social infrastructure.
2. Praise and support for the creation of the current ICANN system
Looking back at the history of
the establishment of ICANN
in 1998, I cannot help but respect and admire the U.S. government's support for
operation of the Internet by
the world Internet community and the fundamental policy of a
community consensus for ICANN.
the U.S. government had not worked to implement private management for the
Internet as a basic rule, participation in ICANN by organizations from
each country and the support that they provide would
not have been possible. When ICANN was established,
it was a big issue how to build a global system
acceptable to the whole
world, transcending the differences of nations, languages and cultures. It is worthy of praise that the discussions
among the members of the Internet
community exhausted this subject , fully respecting each other, through the series of procedures including G reen Papers and White Papers. The
government ’ s
producing such procedures is
also to be praise d.
Current ICANN activities are
first step of
governance in the future. They not only show ed
valuable lessons to the world, but also gave hope and courage to people who dare new
ICANN were not founded on a community
consensus, I would not
chance to meet with the many freedom-loving
and wonderful people
that I see here today who have open
hearts and willing ness
to listen to others.
strongly support current ICANN policy.
believe that community
decision-making method, which ICANN uses,
is the best one.
rather than by the orders
fro m the top, it
ensures the strong
the Internet community, namely among parties such as Internet policy makers,
operators, users and
Japan, we made the
"Basic Law on the Formation of an Advanced Information and
Telecommunications Network Society". It
is based on a
notion that the
Internet should be as it is today, in other words, the
basis of the society
in the 21st century should be style.
The underlying spirit is that the society in the 21st century
will be more energetic through free and safe sharing and use of digital information via
Internet in all areas, such as environment,
agriculture, medicine, education and economics .
3. Significance of this Meeting
topic of this meeting is "Security and Stability in the Internet Naming
and Address Allocation
System." The brutal and
tragic terrorist acts of September 11 remind us of the pressing need for this
occasion is a most
unfortunate one, but I believe our effort will
contribute to promoting world peace and preventing further terrorist attacks, if we
prejudice and discrimination from the world through the construction of a safe
and strong global communications infrastructure. (By
so doing we can fulfill the hopes of many victims.) [ii]
- More and more, basic services
on the Internet that heavily influence people's
lives, the economy, and the such as energy, transportation,
government al administration , and other services related to
national security. Thus, dealing with the threat of cyber-terrorism is
becoming an important
issue as the spread of the Internet is expected to accelerate .
- As Internet technology evolves at
a dizzying pace, the borderless nature of cyberspace and the parallel evolution of cyber attack methods increase
the possibility of instantaneous and secret attacks from anywhere in the world.
To deal with this problem,
share our knowledge , establish
robust security measures ,and
ceaselessly review them.
In the Internet world that supports worldwide communications,
we can prevent
Internet terrorism even easier through
heightened security for existing systems.
This require s
effort of each individual, including
board members, DNS operators, ccTLD registries, gTLD registries, domain
registrars, telecom carriers, manufacturers, and ultimately
individual Internet users.
1,200 years ago, a
great Japanese Buddhist priest (Saicho )
said, “He who sheds his
light over a corner of the country is the nation ’ s
interpret it like this: what i s the most important is that everyone does his (her) job diligently
in respective position. In
the world of the Internet, I believe the efforts of each of you are the treasure of the world.
recurring theme I've heard in this meeting
the security of root
name servers. This means that root name server
operators, who are given operational responsibility by ICANN, are responsible
for the safety and stability of their operation.
There are 13 DNS root name servers
in the world. Of the servers outside the U.S., one of them resides in Japan.
While the distributed management of root name servers may be considered
in the future, Japan's responsibility currently
existing one is great.
The Japanese government is responsible
of t he Internet as part of the
national and global infrastructure.
The operators of the root
name server in Japan are enhancing the security by such measures as building a
backup. A nd I
with them , give
them the utmost cooperation to
ensure the security and
stability of their system, and continue to work closely with them
the results of this meeting .
I don't believe this
mindset is just for the countries
where the root
name servers reside. The Internet
does not run on root name servers alone. As I said before, ensuring the safety
and stability of the Internet is the responsibility of
the Internet community, businesses, each individual,
and governments . They should fulfill
their respective duties on
regional, and national level.
4. Other Issues
are many other issues
resolved r egarding Internet security.
- Viewing the
Internet as part of the fabric
of society in the
twenty-first century, the government
is strongly interested in seeing that the Internet functions unobstructed and serves people well, and thus
removes various barriers that currently
exist in the world.
year, ICANN decided to add 7 gT
and is currently implementing them. I t is
hoped that these new gTLDs will be implemented without much
confusion and will help to supply new
for Internet services from n ew busine sses
introduction of I
is also a large issue in the realm of IP addresses. And while everyone may have a slightly different
level of urgency on the subject, the
number of Internet users in
Asia has experienced skyrocketing
growth in recent years, and the number of people accessing the Internet through
DSL, cable, satellite, cellular phones, and other channels is expected to grow
further. In addition,
in Japan IP addresses
to be used in a
life scenes electric appliances.
I think all these
make the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 an urgent issue . This
is something that everyone
should be aware of.
5. Closing remark
- I would like to help establish
the safe Internet through participating the ICANN process as an Internet
user. Just like other
governments, the Japanese government also respect and expect
- The Internet must assume the
as the basis of sharing information
and i ntellect among
all the people
on the earth. The efforts
to build the new Internet like
IPv6 will realize access
to all the
existing objects. The safety of the basis of the Internet
as a 21st century social
must be supported by users, operators, IANA and registries. That
is where ICANN’s
contribution is most expected.
To put it differently,
the Internet is already
functioning as a
basis of the global economy. All the people and all the government must
would like to conclude by saying
that I am certain that this meeting will be
meaningful for all of you. I am also certain i t will be a milestone in the
history of the Internet when you look back some day on your successful career.
Long live the Internet, long live ICANN!