All national dailies reported on the enactment on Wednesday of a set of laws to expedite digital reform in Japan, including the establishment on Sept. 1 of a digital agency to oversee digitalization in the central and local governments. The Suga administration places high priority on digital reform as a means to promote administrative reform by utilizing information technology. The government hopes that accelerated digitalization will improve the quality of public services, whose challenges were exposed in the delay in delivering cash handouts last year to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on households. The new agency is expected to be staffed by roughly 500 officials, of whom around 120, including IT engineers, are expected to be recruited from the private sector. The agency is also expected to establish standard regulations for the protection of personal information.