Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday he wants to formulate by the end of this year an outline for creating a digital agency and called for accelerated efforts as he convened the first meeting of all ministers to promote his key policy — the digitalization of administrative work and ultimately Japan's entire society.

Suga, who took office one week ago, said he will seek to legislate for the new agency during the 150-day ordinary Diet session that begins in January.

"The creation of a digital agency is a reform that will lead to a major transformation of the Japanese economy and society," Suga said. "I'd like all ministers to cooperate in this major reform with all their might."