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Japan digital agency to start with 600 officials

  • August 27, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 10:36 p.m.
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Tokyo, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government will launch a new agency for digital transformation Wednesday with some 600 officials, including 200 from the private sector.

 

Through the agency, the government hopes to push ahead with measures to create a digital society in partnership with the private sector.

 

“We’ll make a spurt from the beginning,” digital transformation minister Takuya Hirai told a news conference Friday.

 

Private recruiters have been introduced to hire high-quality personnel from private companies. The agency will start a year-around hiring next month.

 

On Friday, a compliance committee including lawyers was established to make sure that the agency’s officials fully respect the law.

 

The committee, chaired by Toshiya Natori, former prosecutor at the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office, is aimed at preventing officials from the private sector from giving favorable treatment to companies connected with them or committing other inappropriate acts.

 

The committee will also advise the agency when it sets procurement rules and ethical codes.

 

From October, the agency will restrict bidding by companies whose employees concurrently serve at the agency as supervisors or officials who draw up specifications for goods and services to be procured.

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