Strategic Headquarters for the Promotion of an Advanced Information and Telecommunications Network Society, Declaration to be the World’s Most Advanced IT Nation (June 14, 2013) (full-text).
Until now, Japan has worked to build a safe and reliable cyberspace that provides for the free flow of information by ensuring openness and interoperability without excess management or regulation. In recent years, the increased use of mobile communications, the improvement of sensor networks, the establishment of cloud services, and the rise of social services such as social networks has led to increased use of international services and other networks. To ensure the adequate use of information assets in the face of this trend, it is crucial that Japan maintain the direction of its current measures while embracing international collaboration with an eye towards expanding the sphere of free-flowing information globally.
This Declaration is adopted as a national vision for building a future where government, industry, academia, and individual citizens can share, collaborate on, and use IT and information resources as a result of the entire government working in concert to develop an IT user society at the world's highest levels. This strategy is intended to disseminate the results globally through a five-year process (by 2020).
Based on an awareness that the visualization of data use will be crucial for accelerating the pace of recovery from the earthquake disaster and in light of the rapid technological innovation taking place in digital technology and the improvement of a global information society, identifies the strategy the type of society and position that Japan should aspire to, and sets forth the measures necessary to achieve them based on the following three pillars:
- (1) Contributing to the creation of new industry and growth in all industry fields through the creation of innovative technologies and integrated services that will enable the public to experience personally the recovery of the Japanese economy through the use of IT and data;
- (2) Contributing to the improvement of the world's safest and most disaster-resilient society where people can live safely, with peace of mind, and comfortably; and
- (3) Contributing to the provision of electronic government services and government reform from the perspective of user public to enable one-stop public services that anyone can access and use from anywhere.