BSA & Galexia Global Coud Computing Scorecard (2018) - Galexia Analytics Release

2018 Rank 2. Japan - Score: 82.09 | Change from 2016 - Rank: -1

Japan has a comprehensive suite of modern laws that support and facilitate the digital economy and cloud computing.

Japan has comprehensive privacy legislation, with a new central regulator in place and strong enforcement provision.

Japan ratified the Convention on Cybercrime in 2012, setting a positive example for other countries.

Japan’s intellectual property laws cover the full range of protections relevant to cloud computing, but improvements can be made in areas of protection against circumvention of technological protection measures.

Japan is very active in the development of international standards.

Japan is characterized by having one of the most extensive broadband fiber deployments in the world, with the largest number of fiber users in the world. Japan has an actively managed competitive access regime and has had at least six significant information technology (IT) strategies and plans over the past decade. Typically, the targets are met, and there is progression to the next strategy. This puts Japan in a unique position, with one of the most complete broadband infrastructures in the world. The high scores in this section of the scorecard positively impact Japan’s overall ranking position.

Japan’s ranking decreases slightly — from first to second — mostly because of improvements by Germany.

The rank for Japan in this year's Scorecard is:
- 2nd overall,
- 9th for legal and policy, and
- 2nd for IT readiness and broadband deployment.

Within legal and policy themes for cloud readiness Japan has the following rankings:
- 8th for data privacy
- 5th for security
- 1st for cybercrime
- 11th for intellectual property rights
- 12th for standards and international harmonization
- 4th for promoting free trade

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