Japan released Growth Strategy 2017 to realize “Society 5.01”

Growth Strategy 2017
Japanese government announced ‘Growth Strategy 2017’ to realize “Society 5.01” that resolves various social challenges by incorporating the innovations of the fourth industrial revolution.
As the Next-generation Medical Base Act was enacted in April this year, we will use anonymously processed medical information for research and development in the medical field through businesses certified in accordance with the said Act while keeping in mind the coordination with the aforementioned data using base.
Government plans to launch medical IDs as identifiers for each patients but it’s too complicated to use in site of medical and nursing activities.
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Approved by Cabinet July 22, 2014. Partially Revised February 17, 2017.
Basic Act on the Advancement of Utilizing Public and Private Sector Data Act No. 103 of December 14, 2016

The Journey to Sharing America’s Code
The policy requires that new software developed for or by the federal government be made available for sharing and reuse across all federal agencies. Since the Code.gov launch in November 2016, we have already improved access to code from over two dozen federal agencies and organizations.
Japanese government agencies are very reluctant to share and reuse their soure code. But some volunteers are using GitHub to share the information publishd by government as opendata.
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This Site is the open data catarogue information portal site which is managed and run by Administrative Management Bureau,Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications under the planning of National Strategy office of Information and Communications Technology in Cabinet Secretariat.
Promotion of Open Data Strategies
The term “open data” refers to “data formats that are suitable for machine reading and data that have been released on the use of rules that allows secondary use”, which “allows secondary use without requiring a lot of manpower”.

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The new guidelines clarify methods for resolving an identity to a single person and enables RPs to evaluate and determine the strength of identity evidence. No longer will agencies be required to ask for “one government-issued ID and a financial account.
Compared to Estonia, it is hard to find reliable identity evidence in the US so the new guidelines are reasonable.

Estonia to open the world’s first data embassy in Luxembourg
The two countries are expected to sign a mutual agreement this summer, but it is already clear that the Estonian data embassy will have the same protection and immunity as the traditional embassies.
Both of Estonia and Luxembourg are small countries and have history of being invaded by other countries. Luxembourg surrounded by Germany, France and Bergium will be a good partner for Estonia in consideration of the threat from Russia.
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Estonian eID card: entering the contactless world
It has been rather challenging to maintain strong security standards while adding NFC interface to our national identity cards. However, we have already succeeded in the pilot project. NFC-capable eID cards will be issued starting late 2018 or early 2019.
I can wait to use my iPhone to access Estonian egovernment service by a new e-resident card. In Japan, government plans to use “My Number Card with NFC interface” to access online government service. They are facing with same security problem as Estonia and now doing pilot preject to establish strong authentication on both Android and iOS phones.
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All Estonian public e-services to function “invisibly”
For example, services such as buying and selling a car, changing a driver’s license and declaring income already function almost automatically. The government has confirmed the principles and new regulations to achieve the ‘invisible function’ and made it mandatory for public institutions to comply with it. We want to take Estonian e-services to a completely new level.
Japanese e-government is still far from automatic services because it is not designed to do so. Information sharing and exchange are not automatic but just electronic so it doesn’t make people happy and not contribute to reduction of cost and burden.

Italy’s use of eInvoicing has saved EUR 1 billion
The handling costs of electronic invoices are some EUR 17 lower, translating to a total saving of close to EUR 1 billion, the agency says.
Japanese consumption tax are different from VAT in EU countries. But now we have corporation identification numbers and we can introduce VAT with electronic invoices which is more fair and transparent than consumption tax.