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IT Utilization Status of Local Governments in Japan and Related Issues

IT Utilization Status of Local Governments in Japan and Related Issues
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Author(s): Tatsumi Shimada (Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Technology, Japan) and Kiyoshi Ushida (Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 3
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch195
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


This paper reveals the actual status of local governments’ digital readiness in Japan, and describes the stage of achievement in digitalization and related issues.0 Items requiring analysis are plans for digitalization of governmental administration, organizations, services for residents, information disclosure, and a driving body, as well as impediments to the realization of electronic local governments. The conclusion is as follows. The present IT infrastructure in Local Governments is not yet sufficient. Its major uses are LAN and e-mail. Prefectures and large cities are relatively advanced Governments. The biggest hindrance is financial difficulties. So it is essential to slim legacy systems and thereby fund new IT systems. Security, privacy protection and organizational conservatism are more important problems than equipmental shortage.

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