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Japan after Abe

Suga's $1tn budget proposal to target digitizing government

Japan drops to the 14th spot in UN e-government ranking

Japan's Minister in charge of digital reform, social security and tax number system Takuya Hirai attends a news conference in Tokyo.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will propose a national budget for fiscal 2021 set to top 105 trillion yen ($994 billion) that places digitization of government services front and center.

Digitization has emerged as a pressing issue after Japan's failure to distribute stimulus payouts to households in a timely manner this spring. Outdated systems also have hampered the collection of coronavirus-related data. That performance caused Japan to drop in the United Nations' e-government development ranking to 14th place for this year.

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