Japan’s ruling party pushes for AI legislation within 2024, Nikkei reports

By Thomson Reuters Feb 15, 2024 | 2:25 AM

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s ruling party will propose that the government introduces a new law regulating generative artificial intelligence technologies within 2024, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday.

To address issues surrounding AI such as disinformation and rights infringement, the Liberal Democratic Party’s AI project team will draft preliminary rules, including penal regulations, for foundation model developers such as Microsoft-backed OpenAI, the Nikkei said.

The European Union earlier this month moved a step closer to adopting rules governing the use of AI models after EU countries endorsed a political deal reached in December.

Other governments including the United States and China are exploring ways to regulate the technology.

(Reporting by Satoshi Sugiyama and Kantaro Komiya; Editing by Himani Sarkar)