On Sept. 1, a new digital agency will be launched in Japan, and the Basic Law on the Formation of a Digitalized Society will come into effect, creating a digitally supported, resilient and horizontally connected structure that has the potential for creative development.

With that, the Basic Law on the Formation of an Advanced Information and Telecommunications Network Society, which took effect on Jan. 6, 2001, will be abolished and the IT strategy headquarters set up in the Cabinet Office to implement policies under the law will also be disbanded.

Under a new digital agency, Japan will not only aim to develop its economy based on existing information technology but also change its vertically segmented administrative structure.