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In upcoming G20 summit, Canada, Japan have opportunity to prioritize data governance

By J. Berkshire Miller and Brian Lee Crowley      

The world must figure out how to balance the free flow of digital data and information, which relies on speed and uninhibited pathways, and the imperative to protect intellectual property and national security concerns for states.

High on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s agenda during his G20 chairmanship is the promotion of a global-data governance regime, write J. Berkshire Miller of Japan Institute of International Affairs and Brian Lee Crowley of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Prime Minister's Office photo by Adam Scotti

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, will visit Canada this weekend for a summit with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the upcoming G20 Summit in June. The visit comes at the conclusion of a large international tour for Abe, who has made stops to France, Italy, Slovakia, Belgium, and the United States, before landing in Ottawa. It also comes at a critical juncture for Japan as it prepares to host the summit for the first time.

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