Fragments - The Internet Protocol Journal - Volume 6, Number 2

Several Landmarks Define Push toward IPv6 Deployment in Japan

In April 1998, the KAME Project,
, an extension of the WIDE Project (
; representative Professor Jun Murai, Keio University), was established with eight core members from seven Japanese vendors. Work began under a two-year timeframe to provide free IPv6/IP Security (IPSec) reference code for UNIX BSD variants. The KAME Project remains active today.

The Japanese government's commitment to taking a leadership role in worldwide IPv6 research and deployment was outlined in a speech to open the September 2000 Diet session by then Prime Minister Mori. Mori identified IPv6 as a key discussion area for the national IT Strategy Council—a strategic pillar toward the "rebirth of the nation."

IPv6 Promotion Council of Japan
was established shortly thereafter, in Oct. 2000. Its founding members numbered only 18. As of March 2003 the Council's membership body consisted of 320 organizations from a variety of business fields; carriers,
Internet Service Providers
(ISPs), hardware vendors, software vendors, finance companies, general trading companies, automobile manufacturers, etc.

The Council is the most active and influential IPv6 organization in Japan, and is the formal contact point appointed by the Japanese government to handle requests from overseas private IPv6 promotion bodies, such as the various regional IPv6 Task Force bodies, for technical and deployment cooperation.

The Promotion Council is currently running the "IPv6 Appli-Contest 2003." The contest awards developers of applications and software who help to create new possibilities in the IPv6 Internet world.

Supported by the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications, and the WIDE Project, the contest is drawing on the cooperation of IPv6 bodies in the EU, North America, India, Korea, Taiwan, and China with the goal of creating a library of freely available IPv6 software.

The deadline for entries is August 31, 2003.

Six entries will be selected as "Award of Excellence" winners and will share 1,500,000 JPY in prize money. Award of Excellence winners will also be eligible for the "Grand Prize" of 1,000,000 JPY to be presented at a ceremony during WPC EXPO 2003 to be held September 17-20, 2003, in Tokyo.

An excellent, up-to-date overview of the current status of IPv6 research and commercial service offerings in Japan, including IPv6 case studies and technology tutorials, can be found at IPv6style:

US Department of Defense adopts IPv6

Implementation of the next-generation Internet protocol that will bring the Department of Defense closer to its goal of net-centric warfare and operations was announced on June 13, 2003 by John P. Stenbit, assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration and DoD chief information officer.

The new Internet protocol, known as IPv6, will facilitate integration of the essential elements of DoD's Global Information Grid—its sensors, weapons, platforms, information and people. Secretary Stenbit is directing the DoD-wide transition.

The current version of the Internet's operating system, IPv4, has been in use by DoD for almost 30 years. Its fundamental limitations, along with the world-wide explosion of Internet use, inhibit net-centric operations. IPv6 is designed to overcome those limitations by expanding available IP address space, improving end-to-end security, facilitating mobile communications, enhancing quality of service and easing system management burdens.

"Enterprise-wide deployment of IPv6 will keep the warfighter secure and connected in a fast-moving battlespace," Secretary Stenbit said. "Achievement of net-centric operations and warfare depends on effectively implementing the transition."

Secretary Stenbit signed a policy memorandum on June 9 that outlines a strategy to ensure an integrated, timely and effective transition. A key element of the transition minimizes future transition costs by requiring that, starting in October 2003, all network capabilities purchased by DoD be both IPv6-capable and interoperable with the department's extensive IPv4 installed base.