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The Japanese government has decided to consider introducing legal regulations on AI developers

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The Japanese government is considering introducing legal regulations for artificial intelligence (AI) developers, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported on the 3rd. “We are seeking to revise the trajectory of the existing policy that has been left to the operator’s autonomy as the movement to strengthen regulations is noticeable overseas amid growing concerns about the safety of generative AI,” Yomiuri said.

According to reports, an “AI Strategy Meeting” to discuss policy directions will be held at the end of this month to discuss specific measures related to the introduction of regulations. Within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, a proposal has been raised to make it mandatory for large AI developers to verify third-party safety and share information with the government. Yomiuri said, “There is a possibility that such a plan will be the basis, but there are voices within the government against regulations as strong regulations can hinder technological innovation.”

Last month, the Japanese government enacted guidelines for AI operators, while urging operators to come up with fake information measures considering safety.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who is visiting France, said on Monday (local time) that he would take the lead in drawing up international norms on Generative AI with his partners. In a keynote speech at the OECD member ministerial council meeting held in Paris, France, Kishida declared the launch of the “Hiroshima AI Process Friends Group.” Japan is the chair country of the council this year. The Hiroshima Group was agreed upon at the G7 summit held in Hiroshima, Japan in May last year, and aims to create a framework for international norms and information distribution around Generative AI. In October last year, the G7 also agreed on 11 international guidelines for AI developers and codes of conduct.

“The partners of the Hiroshima Group have joined forces to respond to the universal opportunities and risks posed by AI and to achieve safe and reliable AI,” Kishida said. “Japan, which has led international discussions such as the development of AI norms, will continue to advance related discussions with its partners.” The Associated Press reported that 49 countries will participate in the Hiroshima Group.

In the current society, countries are moving quickly to become representatives of AI. However, the regulation is not yet clear. As it is developing rapidly, certain regulations must be set.

EJ SONG

US ASIA JOURNAL

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