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Hitotsubashi Professor Yoko Ishikura to lead Japan digital agency

Shiseido external director appointed no. 2 in digitization of national system

Yoko Ishikura, professor emeritus at Hitotsubashi University, will be in charge of the day-to-day affairs at the new digital agency.

TOKYO -- Hitotsubashi University Professor Emeritus Yoko Ishikura has been picked to run Japan's new digital agency which is being established to encourage the adoption of technology.

The agency will begin operation on Sept. 1. Ishikura, effectively the no. 2 in the agency, will advise the minister, who is yet to be appointed. Ishikura will be in charge of the day-to-day operations. She will lead the drawing up of policies to establish and manage the information systems of national and local government organizations, and quasi-public sector businesses.

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