Japan doesn’t have digital mailbox for companies

Slovakia adds SMS alerts to mailbox for companies
https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/node/163346
As of 1 July, companies in the Slovak Republic will no longer receive regular mail from the country’s public administrations. Municipalities, courts, notaries and other functionaries are required to use the government mailboxes.

Japan doesn’t have such digital mailbox for companies. Government should establish digital mailbox for companies and oblige both government and companies mandatory use. Digital mailbox for individual is available as “MyPost” service offered by Japan Post. MyPost is connected with “Myna Portal” which is just launched as government new portal for citizen.


European Commission – Statement
Joint Declaration by Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
Brussels, 6 July 2017
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-17-1917_en.htm
With the recent reforms of their respective privacy legislation: the entry into force of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 24 May 2016, which will apply from 25 May 2018, and of the Japanese Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI) on 30 May 2017, the EU and Japan have further increased the convergence between their two systems, which rest notably on an overarching privacy law, a core set of individual rights and enforcement by independent supervisory authorities.

Prime Minister Abe ‘s politics has various problems, but I think that his diplomatic skills are highly appreciated.


Modernisation the focus of new ICT strategy Portugal
https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/node/163544
The ICT Strategy 2020 includes new eID functionalities and the creation of a government cloud and rationalisation of government data centres.

Japan started operations of ” the Government Common Platform” on March 18, 2013. The purpose of the Platform is to improve the efficiency of system development, management and operation by utilizing unified computer resources via communication network. So you can regard the Platform as “Japanese Government Cloud”.

Before the operations of the Platform, each government agency has developed the infrastructure of the information system and implemented the operation / monitoring work and information security measures separately.


The Digital Evolution Index 2017
In partnership with The Fletcher School at Tufts University
https://www.mastercard.us/en-us/governments/insights-research/digital-evolution-index.html
Estonia is an outstanding example. At the turn of the millennium, it embarked on a national project to become a leader in technology. It has succeeded beyond expectations. Today, Wired magazine calls it “E-stonia, the world’s most digitally advanced society.” Government officials list their email and mobile numbers online. Paying for car parking by text was common 15 years ago. First-grade children learn to code. Governance is entirely paperless. All documents are online, and everything is backed up in the cloud. If needed to, Estonians could all move to a new continent, boot up, and reconstitute Estonia exactly as it is.

Digital strategy of Estonia used to be almost ignored by other European major countries like Germany, France, etc. They were skeptical about success of the Digital strategy of Estonia. Recently Estonia is recognized as one of the most advanced digital society in the world and become a leader of digital government and cyber security in EU.


Estonia’s new e-residents are surpassing the country’s birth rate
https://thenextweb.com/eu/2017/07/25/estonias-new-e-residents-surpassing-countrys-birth-rate/
According to the official e-Residency account, new e-Residency applicants almost topped Estonia’s average weekly birth rate in July, which is an impressive feat considering that the program only started a couple of years ago.

Dashboard for e-residents shows that weekly e-Residency applicants sometimes surpassed new born babies. Japan also has birth rate problem same as Estonia and e-residents might be a solution to increase working population in Japan.


Czech Republic to use eIDAS for eID overhaul
https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/node/163435
The Czech Republic is planning to use its base register to makeover the country’s eID system, to comply with Europe’s eID rules (eIDAS). The system will be modernised to enable it to issue eID cards. Citizens can use these eID cards to access eGovernment services.


Ireland to build a central eGovernment gateway
https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/node/163545
The government also intends to extend the existing eID capabilities (MyGovID). The introduction of eID cards is controversial in Ireland. However, implementing eID in the Digital Service Gateway will help users avoid having to provide the same information multiple times, and improve the overall user-experience, the government explains in the strategy.
https://www.mygovid.ie/


Following security breach, Sweden shores up outsourcing rules
https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/node/163572
The data breach resulted in the resignation of two ministers, the Ministor of the Interior and the Minister of Infrastructure. In addition to the stricter IT outsourcing limits, the National Post and Telecom Agency is to develop a management model on how to handle sensitive data.

If the EU imposes a tremendous fine on overseas companies under data protection rules, the Swedish government should pay a fine commensurate with their GDP.


Estonian eID card: entering the contactless world
http://estonianworld.com/technology/estonian-eid-card-entering-contactless-world/
NFC-capable eID cards will be issued starting late 2018 or early 2019. A very natural follow-up will be the integration of NFC capable eID cards to both Android and iOS phones.


How e-residency changed the working processes in our Embassy
https://medium.com/digital-diplomacy/how-e-residency-changed-the-working-processes-in-our-embassy-2e7029f17134
The reason was simple. Our Embassy was very little one (just 2 diplomats and one administrator-driver) and we wanted to be as efficient as possible considering the limited human and financial resources.

As Japan is facing with problem of population decrease, the Government needs to be more efficient by using digital solution. Public servants should be the heaviest users of eID card (My number card) so that they can be more efficient and transparent.


Local government services to start using GOV.UK Notify
https://gds.blog.gov.uk/2017/08/10/local-government-services-to-start-using-gov-uk-notify/
Many of our 900 trial accounts are from local government service teams keen to start using Notify.

I agree on the UK’s approach. Digital government must make a contact with citizens and companies by easy to use and cost effective way.

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