Japan aims to build 'one-stop' online public service system by 2013
Tuesday 07th July, 06:28 AM JST
Japan plans to build by fiscal 2013 an online portal allowing citizens ‘‘one stop’’ access to a wide range of public services, the government’s IT Strategic Headquarters said Monday. The system will have an online, high-security ‘‘post-office box’’ that citizens can use to manage personal information online, such as checking the record of their payments into the public pension program and obtaining a copy of a residency certificate, it said.
The system is a midterm goal of the headquarters’ ‘‘i-Japan strategy’’ which is to run through 2015. Under the strategy, the government has promoted developing online public services, dubbed ‘‘e-government,’’ but has fallen behind its target for turning that vision into reality. It also aims at improving children’s information-gathering skills through the Internet.