Keiko Nagaoka, Japanese minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology has reaffirmed that it is legal to use the copyrighted work for information analysis regardless of the method, regardless of the content — basically reaffirming that copyright will not be enforced on data used in AI training, a move that could revolutionize the AI landscape. Despite the concern from creative industries – notably anime and graphic art creators – academic and business communities see an opportunity to elevate Japan to global AI prominence.

The reaffirmation potentially bears economic significance for Japan. It is estimated (though I’m not sure how) that effective AI implementation could bolster its GDP by 50% or more, a promising prospect for a nation experiencing years of low growth. Globally, this move redefines the conversation about AI regulation, demonstrating a readiness by a leading economy to leverage AI technology to compete with the West unimpeded.

From minister Nagaoka’s remarks, Japan’s stance on data reciprocity is clear: the West’s use of Japanese cultural content for AI training should be balanced by access to Western resources for Japanese AI. We’ll see how that goes.

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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