While storing and managing data within Japan may better protect against foreign governments' attempts to obtain personal information, critics are yet to be convinced.
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Following the news that the firm had allowed a Chinese software company to access users’ personal information, calls are being made for better regulation of information.
Taro Kono said that the government will consider having students and workers receive shots at their schools and workplaces to make it more convenient for them.
A scandal over a Chinese firm's access to user data could derail Z Holdings' plan to facilitate the digital transformation of the public sector.
Regional virtual currencies such as Setagaya Pay can be used in a specific city or ward and are intended to stimulate local economies that have been battered by the pandemic.
Reducing dependence on China had been on companies' minds over the past few years due to the Sino-U.S. trade war, but the global health crisis served as a wake-up call.
The government is looking to introduce an option that will allow people to have their salaries transferred to smartphone virtual wallets.
Even local governments — typically the last in line to introduce any kind of technology — are starting to jump onto the digital payment trend.
Budget SIM providers face an uphill battle in differentiating themselves from the likes of NTT Docomo and SoftBank based on price and innovative services.
The firm now says it will lower the cost depending on the amount of data used within the space of a month, saying the fee will even be free for particularly light users.