The Japanese government has been promoting e-government for the last 20 years and the results have been at best hit and miss. There are some legitimate reasons for the slow pace, such as the size of the population and legal constraints on privacy, but covid-19 has reemphasized the necessity of digital transformation of the public sector if Japan is to maintain welfare for its citizens, both individuals and corporate.
Will Prime Minister Suga's digital initiative succeed? What are the areas business leaders should focus on to find opportunity and reap benefits in Japan's effort to digitize itself? Could the global pandemic be a catalyst for Japan to speed up its digital efforts as we see in abolition of hanko culture and deregulation of tele-medicine? In this panel, we like to evaluate the status of DX efforts in the public sector in Japan and abroad to understand the opportunity the digitization of the public sector brings to the economy and corporate stakeholders.