Tag - digital-agency



Junior high school students taking entrance exams for public high schools enter a venue in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, in March.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 12, 2024
Japan to test digital high school admissions
The Digital Agency estimates digital procedures will cut administrative work by 30-90 hours in junior high schools and 20-80 hours in high schools.
Japan has finally scrapped every regulation requiring the use of floppy disks for administrative purposes.
Jul 6, 2024
Japan finally phases out floppy disks
One of the world’s most technologically advanced nations has held on to some of the most outmoded devices.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and digital minister Taro Kono attend a digitalization panel in Tokyo on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jun 11, 2024
Japan's parliament faces a long road to digitalization
Concerns over decorum and the possibility of the use of electronic devices being obtrusive to proceedings are among reasons cited for maintaining restrictions.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses a meeting to discuss the results of comprehensive inspection of My Number information held at the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday.
Dec 13, 2023
15,907 mistakes found over My Number info linkages
The government said it has completed personal identification checks for 82.06 million of the 82.08 million My Numbers subject to inspection.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (third from right) and Digital Minister Taro Kono (second from right) attend a meeting with experts to discuss measures to implement administrative reforms through digitalization, held on Oct. 3 at the Digital Agency in Tokyo.
Dec 1, 2023
Japan falls out of top 10 in digital government rankings
The result reflects a series of problems with the country's My Number social security and tax identification cards.
Hidemi Kataoka, a counselor in charge of policy planning at the Personal Information Protection Commission, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Sep 20, 2023
Digital Agency given guidance over My Number issues
The agency submitted a report on the problems with the system in June, but the government commission judged the report insufficient.
Digital transformation minister Taro Kono (right) speaks during a news conference at the Digital Agency in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Sep 6, 2023
Japan to test use of My Number cards for alcohol and ticket sales
The agency will work with private business operators to examining whether use of My Number cards will help improve the efficiency of identity checks.
Digital minister Taro Kono (right) tries out a device that allows the use of My Number cards as health insurance cards at Chigasaki City Hall in Kanagawa Prefecture on Aug. 9.
Aug 21, 2023
My Number and beyond: What's holding back Japan’s digitalization?
The transition from analog to digital in the public sector has been a long-standing challenge for the country, spanning at least the past two decades.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right) sits next to digital minister Taro Kono while speaking at a government review meeting on the My Number national identification cards.
PODCAST / deep dive
Aug 10, 2023
Why is modernizing Japan so darn tough?
Reporter Gabriele Ninivaggi joins us to break down how Japan’s digitalization hiccups risk exposing how backward things are.
Digital Minister Taro Kono discusses the My Number system inspection at a government meeting in Tokyo on June 30.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 26, 2023
My Number woes put digital minister Taro Kono under pressure
Another misstep could deal a further blow to the administration of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and jeopardize the political standing of Kono.
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2023
Japan's personal data commission inspects Digital Agency over My Number woes
The government's Personal Information Protection Commission has conducted an on-site inspection of the Digital Agency over problems involving My Number personal identification numbers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 12, 2023
My Number troubles are turning into a bigger headache for the government
Opinion polls have indicated latent public dissatisfaction with how the Kishida administration has been handling the matter.
Japan Times
Jul 7, 2023
Commission to investigate Japan's Digital Agency over My Number card woes
The commission is considering taking the rare step of issuing administrative guidance to the agency over the issue, which has shaken public trust and sapped support for Kishida's Cabinet.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2023
Fujitsu halts residence certificate system as issues over My Number cards mount
The glitch adds to growing public concerns over My Number identification cards after a spate of reports detailing leaks of private information in recent months.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2023
Taro Kono expects 'big benefit' from use of AI by central government
The digital minister is eager to promote the active use of generative artificial intelligence by government workers.
Japan Times
Jun 12, 2023
Human error leads to privacy breach for one person's pension records
The pension records were linked to someone else's My Number due to human error and were shared on the Mynaportal portal site for My Number cardholders.
Japan Times
Jun 9, 2023
My Number glitches undermine Japan’s digital future
Japan's My Number card system was meant to usher in a digital society, but the effort has been plagued with problems and fallen far short of expectations.
Japan Times
Jun 8, 2023
My Number ID cards face new hurdle over bank account issues
In many cases, parents provided accounts in their own names when registering their children to the service instead of their children's names.
Japan Times
Jun 4, 2023
My Number cards found linked to accounts of family members, not card holders
The Digital Agency has warned on its website that it is not possible to register parents' bank accounts for their children to receive public benefits.
Japan Times
May 26, 2023
More My Number mistakes found, Digital Agency says
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, 20 such cases had been confirmed at 14 local governments, up from 11 cases at six local governments.


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