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Toward U-Government in Japan
Author(s): Toshio Obi (Waseda University, Japan), and Jingle Concon (Waseda University, Japan)
Pages: 1985-2006 pp.
Source Title: Global Information Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Felix B. Tan (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand) Copyright: 2008
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-939-7.ch143
ISBN13: 9781599049397
ISBN10: 1599049392
EISBN13: 9781599049403
Japan is set to move forward to developing a broadband and ubiquitous network society as envisioned under the concept of an advanced information society. And the successful implementation of e-government in Japan will serve as the foundation to achieving this goal. How does e-government affect the government itself, the business sector and the citizens? According to a 2005 user survey by the Institute of E-Government, the two main benefits of e-government are improved accessibility to information and transaction, and greater accountability from the government. To administer e-government in the country, the role of public sector and computerizations in various government agencies were taken into consideration. However, if computerization is limited to central government, this is of limited benefit to citizens. Thus, for communication between citizens and government, there is a need to go mainly through local government, not the central government directly. There is also a need to refer to e-municipality or e-local government, considering it of equal importance to e-government. It is also important to take into account issues against some aspects of an information society, but being overly anxious about them causes obstacles to promoting e-government. These issues include information security problems, lack of unified management of agencies and the risk of socio-economic digital divide. As such, one of the problems that every country has to face in promoting e-government is the legal system, embedded in every democratic government. Computerization and informatization of the government is, in one respect, an effective administrative and fiscal reform, but requires legal mandates. Thus, reforms in the legal system, including regulation system, are inevitably called for.
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The 2018 WASEDA - IAC
Digital Government Rankings
No Countries Score
1  Denmark 94.816
2  Singapore 93.843
3  UK 91.921
4  Estonia 91.125
5  USA  90.340
6  South Korea 85.500
7  Japan 84.493
8  Sweden 81.700
9  Taiwan 80.383
10  Australia 80.248

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