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Release of character information platform for government offices

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has released character fonts and a character information list, developed in cooperation with related ministries and available to national and local government offices for transactions and services.

  1. In FY 2010, METI set up a Character Information Platform Promotion Committee by bringing together officials from related ministries, including the Cabinet Secretariat (IT Policy Office), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Justice, and the Agency for Cultural Affairs, as well as concerned professionals. In May 2011, the Committee created and released a test version of a character database containing unified characters for family registers and basic resident registers and providing character information including fonts and the number of strokes for a set of kanji used for names (58,712 characters). METI also established the FY 2011 Character Information Platform Promotion Committee to make preparations for practical use.
  2. Now that the platform is ready for practical implementation, METI has fully released the above fonts and character information for use by government offices.
  3. This character information platform will reduce government offices' workload of creating custom characters and allow public officials to refer to custom characters created by other agencies or in other systems in the same agency, a practice impossible in the past. This is expected to result in an annual cost reduction of \3.46 billion nationwide by saving 380,000 hours of clerical work annually and cutting back on system modification costs.

Release Date

October 26, 2011

Division in Charge

IT Project Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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