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E-Japan Strategy (E-government)
Institution: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Theme: Knowledge Management in Government
Implementation Date: Jan 01, 2003

In January 2001, the ICT Strategy Headquarters adopted the e-Japan Strategy, which envisaged Japan’s becoming the world’s most advanced ICT nation within five years. Promoting administrative reform through the use of ICT in the public sector is featured in the strategy, which also includes the following priority policies: development of a world-class advanced ICT network, education and human resources, e-commerce, and security and stability in the network. The Programme for Building e-Government was adopted in 2003. It provides the basis for the ongoing e-government initiatives.

The Programme for Building e-Government has two main goals: creation of a user-oriented administrative service and establishment of a cost-effective, efficient administration. In order to achieve these goals, three objectives need to be met: provision of better services to the public; renovation of business processes and systems; and development of infrastructure for e-government.

In its effort to provide better services to the public, the e-Japan Strategy envisaged  government-to-consumer and government-to-business administrative procedures going fully online, making a commitment to treat digital information on an equal footing with paper-based information.


As of March 2005, about 14,000 (i.e., 96 per cent) of the targeted national administrative procedures could be conducted and completed online, including in such areas as real estate registration, national taxation and social insurance. Several legal and technological initiatives have been put into effect for this purpose.

With the introduction of the Government public key infrastructure through an encrypted key code, citizens can securely perform online transactions with any ministry. They are able to obtain a digital certification that confirms their respective identity, thus reducing identity theft and fraud.


Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Project Home URL: http://www.gpki.go.jp/

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