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Keidanren wants digital transformation in Japan’s own style

  • May 11, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 8:59 p.m.
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Tokyo, May 11 (Jiji Press)–Japan should pursue digital transformation in a way different from the United States and China, the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) said Monday.


Japan’s biggest business lobby proposed that all organizations and individuals play a part in digital transformation, while such projects are led by information technology giants in the United States and by the government in China.


Keidanren said products and services truly valuable to ordinary citizens should be developed through cooperation across the boundaries of business sectors and the industry, government and academia.


The coronavirus crisis has made Keidanren realize “how much Japanese society has fallen behind the rest of the world” in telemedical services, online education and teleworking, the organization said.


It suggested that a variety of organizations and individuals join hands on an equal footing to develop products and services that meet the needs of ordinary citizens.


As an example, Keidanren cited a smartphone app to be launched jointly by financial institutions and mobile carriers in June that will give their customers one-stop services ranging from address changes to fund transfers.


Keidanren called on companies to undertake drastic reviews of their management, organizations and use of human resources, based on the concept of across-the-board cooperation.



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