Japan to launch new international AI dialogue framework

The framework’s non-binding nature seeks to promote global adherence and a cooperative approach to AI governance that can adapt to the evolving technological landscape.

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Japan is considering creating a new framework for dialogue involving like-minded nations to discuss international regulations on the appropriate use of generative AI technology. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to make the announcement at the upcoming OECD ministerial council meeting, which is scheduled to take place in Paris from 2 May to 3 May, revealed a government source.  

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida plans to introduce the concept of a ‘Friends’ meeting specifically focused on AI issues,  which aims to extend the discussions initiated by last year’s Hiroshima AI Process. This initiative, launched at the G7 summit chaired by Japan in Hiroshima, seeks to develop global regulations to guide the development and application of AI technologies, such as ChatGPT, and to mitigate risks such as the spread of misinformation which could threaten political stability and democracy.

The Hiroshima AI process includes a comprehensive policy framework comprising guiding principles and a code of conduct for both developers and users of advanced AI systems. These guidelines are designed to ensure safety, security and trustworthiness in AI deployment.

Given the urgency of setting universal standards, Japan views the OECD gathering as a strategic platform to draw attention to the significance of the Hiroshima AI Process and securing broad support from the public and private sectors, according to the source.