The Japanese government has decided to move up the schedule for establishing a command center to handle cyber security. The change comes in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Officials from the Cabinet Secretariat, the National Police Agency and others met on Monday to discuss how to enhance cyber security ahead of the Games.
They reported that during the Rugby World Cup in Japan, which ended this month, at least 12 cyberattacks were carried out on the organizing committee's computer system.
The officials decided to set up the command center next March, when the torch relay begins in Japan. They originally planned for it to coincide with the summer Games.
The center will be established at the prime minister's office and will operate around the clock.
It will coordinate with the organizing committee and collect information through ministries and agencies.