The new IT strategy launched by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is garnering much attention as of late.

The strategy’s main feature is the establishment of a government entity in charge of all things digital — a digital agency. Suga has appointed Takuya Hirai, the Liberal Democratic Party’s top IT expert, as minister of digital reform, and plans to launch the new agency next year. The Suga administration will aim to erase the government’s lag in digitization. This deficit was recently highlighted during the COVID-19 crisis with troubles such as those relating to the electronic application for special fixed benefits.

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