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Suga to launch digital agency next year 

Nikkei front-paged the Suga administration’s desire to establish by the fall of 2021 a digital agency tasked with realizing e-government by consolidating relevant offices and functions currently borne by existing GOJ ministries and agencies. Legislation will be submitted to the ordinary Diet session that will begin in January next year. The GOJ is likely to tap someone other than a politician to lead the new organization based on the judgment that such a person would probably have deeper knowledge and expertise in the field than a lawmaker. The proposed organization will formulate and implement measures to expand online services for the public as well as for the central government and local governments and ensure telecommunications connectivity. The digital agency will also reportedly look into measures to enhance Japan’s telemedicine and remote learning capabilities.   

 

Other papers ran similar stories, quoting Minister for Digital Transformation Hirai as telling the press on Thursday: “Prime Minister Suga will not be satisfied unless a digital agency is realized well before April 2022.”  

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