(Adds paras 4-7, specifies Ratas' comment)TALLINN, Jan 12, BNS - Japan will soon join the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCD COE)."I am glad that Japan will soon become a contributing participant with regard to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence, which is located in Tallinn," Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said after a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday.The same was also confirmed by the Japanese government leader in his speech."We welcome Japan's decision to join the Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence as a partner state. This is a status, which is open to countries that are not members of NATO. Japans is one of NATO's key partners outside the Euro-Atlantic area and is also a world-renowned leader in the field of technology and cyber security. Joining the center is a sign that countries with similar value judgments consider practical cooperation in the field of cyber defense important," Merle Maigre, head of NATO CCD COE, said in a press release.The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence is an international competence center, think tank and training institution accredited by NATO. Founded in 2008, the center has become a significant source of expertise in the field cyber defense for NATO and the member states.An an independent international organization, the CCD COE focuses on applied research, analyses, training and exercises in the field of cyber defense. The center annually organizes the world's largest and most complex international technical cyber defense exercise Locked Shields. Last year the center led the publication of the Tallinn Manual 2.0, which is the most thorough and comprehensive handbook on the validity of international law in cyberspace. Each spring, the international cyber conference CyCon organized by the center brings to Tallinn approximately 600 opinion leaders and experts from various fields and countries to discuss key issues of cyber security.Belgium, Estonia, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, France, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary, United States and the United Kingdom are the center's sponsor countries. Austria, Finland and Sweden have joined the center as partner countries. The center is currently being funded and manned by a total of 20 member states.Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8852, firstname.lastname@example.orgBaltic News Service
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