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Japan aims to launch digital agency in 2021

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, center, attends a Cabinet meeting at his office in Tokyo on Sept. 18, 2020. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan will seek to set up a digital agency, proposed by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, by the end of next year, a minister in charge of the task said Friday.

    "Personally, I want to appoint someone from the private sector (to the top of the agency)," Takuya Hirai, digital transformation minister, also said during an online TV program.

    The government led by the new prime minister is planning to submit proposed legislation to an ordinary Diet session to be convened in January.

    A senior government official said it is aiming to set up the agency aimed at promoting the digitalization of Japan's old-fashioned administrative work by the fall of next year.

    The establishment of the agency is a major pledge of Suga, who became the country's first new prime minister in eight years on Wednesday in succeeding his predecessor Shinzo Abe, who stepped down for health reasons.

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