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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced his resignation due to his own health problems. At the press conference where he announced his resignation, he was asked by reporters to comment on Japan's lagging digitalization efforts.
However, the issue of the spread of the new coronavirus in 2020 has brought to light a delay in the digitalization of public administration compared to other countries, including the confusion of online applications for the 100,000 yen benefit.
Prime Minister Abe expressed a sense of urgency about the lagging digitalization of domestic administration.
"The new coronavirus has made clear the current situation, the problems and challenges in the IT sector, and the areas to be improved upon. From the government's point of view, each government office and municipality has a different system. Now that these issues have been clarified, we've decided to move forward with this initiative under the leadership of Sanae Takaichi, Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications," Prime Minister Abe said, and continued.
"Another challenge is that each local government has a different approach to personal information protection. However, I think we have shared a lot of common ground on the need to overcome these issues. I will be leaving, but of course the rest of my term and the next leader will also be working on this issue, and I will do my best during my term in office."
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