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Japan enacts high-tech “Super City” bill

  • May 27, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 4:39 p.m.
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Tokyo, May 27 (Jiji Press)–The Diet, Japan’s parliament, enacted on Wednesday a bill to create “super cities” where artificial intelligence, big data and other technologies are utilized to resolve social problems.

 

The bill to revise the national strategic special zone law passed the House of Councillors, the Diet’s upper chamber, by a majority vote with support mainly from the ruling coalition.

 

The revision stipulates procedures to change regulations in various fields at a stroke to create such smart cities.

 

The government hopes to utilize cutting-edge technologies to address issues such as depopulation and the aging of the population.

 

In such cities, data-linking platforms to collect and organize various kinds of data from administrative organizations and companies in a cross-sectoral way will be established for autonomous driving, cashless payments, telemedicine and other services to be introduced there.

 

Under the revised law, local governments to be selected later will launch forums with the central government and private companies, draw up city development plans and make applications to the state after winning understanding from local residents.

 

The government hopes to realize such city development plans swiftly after discussions at related government agencies.

 

There are concerns about the use of personal information because various kinds of data will be gathered and used in such cities.

 

Last year, the government submitted a similar bill to the Diet but scrapped it following calls for reviewing the bill from the ruling bloc.

 

It modified parts of the bill for reintroduction at the current ordinary session.

 

 

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