December 12, 2018
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been advancing the digital transformation (DX) initiative, an effort to advance data-based policy planning and to improve the quality of administrative services available to the public and to businesses by improving the efficiency and productivity of administrative procedures through digitalization.
Aiming to broadly expand this initiative to other governmental sectors and municipalities across Japan, METI will hold a series of events titled “DX Days 2019” between January 16 (Wed.) and 18 (Fri.), 2019.
1. Background and purpose
Conventional government administrative procedures impose heavy burdens on the public and businesses, involving high volumes of paperwork, complicated procedures and sometimes long wait times for in-person applications and approvals etc. In light of this situation, METI has been advancing the DX initiative, which is an effort aimed at advancing digitalization of administrative procedures allowing companies to develop user-friendly administrative services, reduce costs for both the public and private sectors and ultimately to achieve a revolution in productivity, starting from the government offices that take advantage of data in creating quality policy and services.
To share this effort with as many sectors of the population as possible, METI will hold a series of events tilted “DX Days 2019.” Through these events, METI will aim to encourage networking and sharing of ideas by providing opportunities for companies and associations, which hold digital technologies that can provide solutions to societal challenges, to interact with officials from national, prefectural and municipal governments.
Through three-day events between January 16 (Wed.) and 18 (Fri.), 2019, METI will provide information on its efforts involving the DX initiative to municipalities, businesses and other entities. Along with this, METI will provide an opportunity for businesses and associations, which hold innovative technologies called “Govtech” that have the potential to solve challenges faced by government offices, to interact with public officers and exchanges views on future directions of digitalization of administrative and other work.
- Govtech Conference Japan 2019
Date and time: January 16 (Wed.), 2019; from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Nagatacho Grid (2-5-3 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)
Capacity: 200 (on a first-come-first-served basis; including 50 seats for municipality officials; separate prior registration is required for the press.)
- Explanation of current situation concerning “Govtech”--the latest IT technology useful for administrative offices and many examples of its development methods
- Networking between companies and municipalities or ministries and agencies
- DX Terakoya workshop
Date and time: January 17 (Thur.), 2019; from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Venue: METI Annex (1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)
Capacity: 50 (on a first-come-first-served basis; municipality officials only)
- Explanation of the direction and the latest efforts concerning the government’s efforts for digitalization of administrative work
- Explanation of basic knowledge on data handling and secure system-development methods
- Meeting of municipalities for advancing the DX initiative
Date: January 18 (Fri.), 2019
Part I: from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Part II: from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Venue: TEPIA (2-8-44 Kita-Aoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo)
Part I: 30 (on a first-come-first-served basis; municipality officials only)
Part II: 100 (on a first-come-first-served basis; including 50 seats for municipality officials; separate prior registration is required for the press.)
- Workshop in which officials from a variety of municipalities will exchange views on common challenges that their municipalities face in DX of their services
- Explanation of leading case examples of data utilization
3. How to apply
If you wish to attend any of the events, visit the website below and complete the application form provided by the secretariat of the events. For all events, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. We recommend that interested parties file applications as early as possible.
Division in Charge
IT Project Office, Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau