Tokyo, July 31 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s internal affairs ministry plans to launch a model project in fiscal 2023 to help multiple municipalities share experts on digitalization as they are racing to digitalize administrative services, officials told Jiji Press.
The project will include creating pools of experts for such municipalities and sharing know-how with others. The ministry is considering securing related costs in its budget request for the year starting next April.
Municipalities are facing a host of challenges related to digitalization, including promoting the use of My Number social security and taxation identification cards and offering administrative services online.
The ministry has asked municipalities to hire outside experts to address these challenges. But it seems difficult for municipalities to secure such digital experts who are in demand across a wide range of industries.
Under the model project, the ministry plans to create different types of groups to share digital experts, such as one involving prefectural and municipal governments and another only involving municipalities led by large cities.
Similar efforts are already underway in some areas in the country.
In a project in the western prefecture of Ehime, five outside specialists give advice on digitalization to 20 municipalities.
A group of eight municipalities, including Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, has created a pool of workers at technology companies who help them address challenges.