Interview on “’Foreign Law, but Not Foreign Law,’ The Global Impact of the EU’s AI Law” [in Japanese]

On December 10, 2023, the Asahi Shimbun published an interview with Professor Naoto Ikegai of the Graduate School of Law regarding the article “’Foreign Law, but Not Foreign Law,’ The Global Impact of the EU’s AI Law.” The article discusses how the European Union’s agreement on AI legislation, the first in the world to comprehensively regulate artificial intelligence (AI), will affect the world through the implementation of the law. Professor Ikegai explained that the EU’s newly agreed AI law is the first law to regulate a wide range of AI applications, including generative AI, and will affect a variety of products and services in the real space using AI, not just in the digital space. He noted that the success of this advanced AI law is largely due to its “risk-based” approach, which allows for flexibility in the form of regulation depending on the magnitude of the risk, and noted that the challenge will be how to address specific issues in the future and make it effective. In conclusion, he said that while each country faces common issues, the United States is also moving forward to address AI risks by applying a certain degree of discipline through laws and regulations, and it is time for Japan to proceed with discussions on a system based on the premise of establishing a certain legal framework.