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Standardization of data rules

  • January 18, 2020
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

The government is working to create common rules for data held by the public and private sector in such areas as logistics and self-driving so that the data can be utilized across different fields. If common standards were used to compile data, such as geolocation information, it might improve data quality and quantity. The standards will be formulated as early as the end of FY2020, with a special emphasis on 13 areas seen as being in the most urgent need of data-rule standardization. The initiative will provide the basis for big data analysis that will enhance Japan’s ability to counter China and other countries already enjoying the fruits of significant data accumulation.


On Jan. 21, the government will [formally] decide to launch the digital society task force as a working group under the direct jurisdiction of the Prime Minister’s Office [Kantei]. Directors-general and their equivalents from relevant ministries, including the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, will make up the task force, which will be led by the Cabinet Office. All government agencies will be asked to streamline and organize their data rules for each area under their jurisdiction.


The general formula for the data rule standardization will be ready around June, including rules to ensure the integrity of data by preventing tampering. Special attention will be paid to geolocation, meteorological information, and personal information. (Abridged)


13  priority areas the government will target for data rule standardization


Information on materials used for various products


Information on farm product growth and harvest


Climate, atmospheric conditions, and electricity volume


Information obtained from road construction, etc.

Smart factory

Information on factory management using IT technology


Data obtained from cutting-edge research

Self-driving, optical/quantum technology, biotechnology, disaster prevention/damage reduction, distribution, health/medicine/nursing care, outer space


Common rules under consideration


Collect data across areas related to self-driving, outer space, and distribution to improve the precision of self-driving.

Personal information

Enable comprehensive analysis of data from all areas. Standardize rules governing use based on the Act on the Protection of Personal Information.

Temperature control

Standardize data rules in such areas as agriculture, distribution, and smart factories to improve ability to keep products fresh


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