JapanSession: Japan needs to accelerate digital transformation – but how?

15:15 to 17:00

In this  JapanSession, organised by Japan Studies at the University of Copenhagen and ADI, Karen Ejersbo Iversen, PhD in Japanese economic politics has been invited to give a public guest lecture. 


Digitalization has been high on the political agenda in Japan after the country was hit by Covid 19. The common narrative is that nothing has happened in the field of digitalization in the 20 years since the first Japanese digitalization law was passed in 2001. The consequences were apparent under Covid 19. In many places, payment of corona support of 100,000 yen to all Japanese ended in chaos. The health authorities were dependent on faxes, and therefore unable to obtain updated data on outbreaks. An infection detection app was a failure, and the vaccination roll out was uncoordinated and weak. Based on the criticism, a completely new set of digitalization laws was rapidly passed in the Japanese parliament, and as a preliminary highlight, a new digitalization agency with power over the entire Japanese state IT budget was established in September 2021.

But is it all that bad? And what does it mean for the average Japanese? Based on my two stays at the Danish Embassy in Tokyo over the past year, I will talk about Japan’s digitalization, the policy behind it, and what Japanese citizens now need to consider and adapt to.


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