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In January 2020, world leaders gathered in Davos to discuss the economic outlook for the year. The heads of governments and global corporations agreed that the world economy would recover in 2020, thanks in part to good policies. As we know, the recovery didn’t happen. The world was hit by a pandemic and spent the year in severe economic crisis.

A crisis exposes the weaknesses of a society. In Japan, a delay in digitalization became evident. Amid the turmoil, the Yoshihide Suga administration, which has emerged as an emergency rescue cabinet during the crisis, immediately announced the creation of a Digital Agency, which is expected to be enacted in the parliamentary session of 2021 and launched within the year.

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