Remark at the BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Conference – Tomomi Inada

Tomomi Inada, Chairman of  the Policy Research Council of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party and  a Member of the Japanese House of Representatives, addressed The Boston Global Forum-G7 Summit Initiative Conference, held May 9 at the Harvard Faculty Club, in Cambridge, Mass.

In her remarks, she discussed the Asia/Pacific security environment to be discussed at the G7 Summit. She said that environment is worsening because of {in addition to North Korean threats} Chinese expansionism in the East and South China Seas and China’s rapid military buildup; its military budget, she said, is now “3.6 times’’ Japan’s.

But she said that Japan, in close collaboration with the United States, is “expanding its deterrent force’’ in the Asia/Pacific region.

She noted the importance of cybersecurity in Japan’s “national risk assessment’’ as “the threat of cyberattacks is increasing around the world.’’

“We need the rule of law in cyberbehavior,’’ Ms. Inada emphasized. We note that she is seen as a possible first woman prime minister of Japan.

At the conference, Gov. Michael Dukakis, its moderator and  the BGF’s chairman and a co-founder, presented to Tsutomo Himeno, the Japanese consul general for New England, the documents containing the final recommendations of the BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Committee, which mostly involved cybersecurity, the BGF’s focus this year. Mr. Himeno has forwarded them to the summit planners.

Remark at the BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Conference – Prof. Jose Barroso

Among the first remarks at the BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Conference were those of Prof. Jose Barroso, former President of  the European Commission; former Prime Minister of Portugal and Member of The BGF-G7 Summit Committee.

Referring to the BGF’s focus this year on cybersecurity, he said that growing cyberthreats called for “binding agreements based on international law’’  to establish acceptable cyberbehavior.

He added that other important matters to be taken up by the G7 Summit include “lack of investment confidence,’’ as well as “Muslim terrorism,’’ the refugee crisis affecting Europe and the related war in Syria and Russian attacks on Ukraine.


The BGF-G7 Summit Initiative: Ise-Shima Norms

The Boston Global Forum welcomes this opportunity to provide input to the agenda or the G7 Ise-Shima Summit. Global Economy and Trade, Development, and Quality Infrastructure Investment are three themes of this summit. Given the importance of the Internet in all three areas, we encourage you to address the following actions concerning cybersecurity at the summit. These actions have as their goal to raise the general level of security in cyberspace.

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The BGF-G7 Summit Initiative gets rolling in Tokyo

(April 4th,2016) On March 28th,  Nguyen Anh Tuan,  The Boston Global Forum’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief, met with Japanese dignitaries at a conference in Tokyo that was part of the formal announcement in Japan of the BGF-G7 Summit Initiative, in which the BGF is making a group of recommendations for summit leaders  to  discuss, mostly focused on cybersecurity. The conference was organized and coordinated by Nobue Mita, The BGF Japan Representative. 


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Among the distinguished speakers were :

Prof. Koichi Hamada, a special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and “The Father of Abenomics’’;

Prof. Eisuke Sakakibara, known as ‘Mr. Yen’ for the influence of his pronouncements on Japan’s currency, he is the former professor from Keio University, and now he is a professor from Aoyama University;

Ambassadors Ichiro Fujisaki and Shunji Yanai;

Prof. Fumiaki Kubo, A. Barton Hepburn Professor of American Government and History, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo;

Prof. Fumio Ota, Former Professor, Defense Academy of Japan (2005-2013);

Mr. Akihiko Komase, Asgent, Inc. Consulting Department manager and Security Center Fellow;


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Former UNESCO Director General Yoichiro Matsuura and Inada Tomomi, a member of the Japanese House of Representatives (the lower house of parliament) and Chairwoman  of the Policy Council of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, also contributed valuable ideas at the meeting.

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Live on March, 22nd : Professor Matthew Smith and Professor JD Bindenagel talk on Strategies for Combating Cyber-Terrorism

(March  22nd, 2016) – Professor JD Bindenagel , The Henry Kissinger Professor for Governance and International Security, University of Bonn, Professor Matthew Smith, Computer Science Professor – The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and a member of The Boston Global Forum (BGF), will speak on Strategies for Combating Cyber-Terrorism at a talk at 2:00 pm on March, 22nd at Harvard University.



Discussants are encouraged to send questions to Members of the Boston Global Forum’s Special Editorial Board will gather your insights and send them to the speaker.

His talk and listeners’ responses to it will be live-streamed at

About Professor JD Bindenagel:


Professor JD Bindenagel

J.D. Bindenagel is a retired U.S. career diplomat and expert on Germany, where he served as deputy chief of mission in the U.S. Embassy, Bonn, Germany, from 1994 to 1997.

In 1999, Mr. Bindenagel was appointed by President Bill Clinton as U.S. Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues. He also served as Special U.S. Negotiator for “conflict diamonds.”

Following his diplomatic career, he was Vice President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and subsequently Vice President at DePaul University. Prior to his diplomatic career he was assigned to the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in Germany.

Ambassador Bindenagel is now Special Advisor to Strategy XXI Partners, where he advises clients on matters of domestic and international policy and on key multilateral issues that can represent potential risk to clients’ reputations and shareholder value.

Mr.Bindenagel received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award in 2001, the Commander’s Cross of the Federal Order of Merit from the President of Germany in 2001 and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award from President George W. Bush in 2002.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the President’s Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the American Council on Germany and the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies. Mr.Bindenagel is also President of the Japan America Society of Chicago.

Mr.Bindenagel received the U.S. Department of State’s Distinguished Service Award, the Commander’s Cross of the Federal Order of Merit from the President of Germany, and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award from President George W. Bush. He was an APSA Congressional Fellow with Congressman Lee H. Hamilton.

He holds an MA in Public Administration and an AB in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

About Professor Matthew Smith:

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Professor Matthew Smith

He is a Computer Science Professor at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and the Fraunhofer FKIE and a full member of the Research Center L3S at the Univesity of Hannover.
His research interests lie in the intersection of technical IT security & privacy and behavioural research.
He study the interaction effects between technical and psychological, social, economic, cognitive, and emotional factors related to the security and privacy behaviour of individuals and institutions.
He is currently particularly focusing on the human factors of experts such as IT administrators and developers, since many of the most catastrophic security incidents were not caused by end-users, but by developers or administrators.

He is also a member of the Research Center L3S – The Univesity of Hannover.