Digitisation program in Japan to support inclusive pandemic recovery

Aimed to stimulate Japan’s economic growth.

Japan plans to drive mass-scale digitisation across the country in support of its Society 5.0 vision and towards an inclusive recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic. The program will be conducted in collaboration with Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) Program.

Takuya Hirai Minister of State of Digital Transformation said the CDA program is strategically aligned with the Japanese Government’s digital agenda and its vision with Society 5.0 vision.

It aims to stimulate Japan’s economic growth, enhance the quality of life, and create a society where everyone can fully reap the benefits of digital transformation.

“I would like to express my sincere respect for Cisco’s program to support digitalisation around the world. In Japan, Cisco has been promoting a number of projects to support digitalisation in areas such as IT talent development, network security, industry, government, education, and healthcare. This direction is exactly what we are aiming for,” said Minister Hirai.

In collaboration with industry, academia and government, the Japan CDA program will accelerate various initiatives, with specific focus on the following areas:

  • Secure Public Infrastructure:Cisco will support the development of secure network platforms for Government and Critical Social Infrastructure. It will also build a cybersecurity human resource development program to develop the next generation of cybersecurity professionals in the country. This is critical as cybersecurity is the foundation of all digitization initiatives and there exists a significant shortage of talent to fill cybersecurity roles.
  • Digital Schools:Cisco will help advance the digitization of education and help bridge the digital divide that exists, in terms of equity of access to online resources. Initiatives will be in close alignment with the GIGA School initiative, whose goal it is to ensure that each student has access to one digital device and high-speed broadband internet, while introducing online education for children tailored to their preferences and developmental stages.
  • Advanced Remote Work:Cisco will work alongside enterprises, including small and medium sized businesses, to help them adapt to the ongoing changes in the way we work, triggered largely by the pandemic. Many of these changes are here to stay and with companies looking at a more widely distributed workforce, the need for right collaboration tools and underlying cybersecurity infrastructure has never been more important.
  • COVID-19 Response and Digital Healthcare:In response to the continued spread of COVID–19, Cisco will help private, public, and not-for-profit sector organizations accelerate their transition to remote functionality to maintain operational continuity, with a specific focus on Digital Healthcare.
  • Supply Chain:Cisco will co-innovate alongside Japanese companies in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Data Analytics, Edge Computing etc. to help businesses in Japan improve productivity, accelerate innovation, provide better customer experiences, and improve overall competitiveness.
  • Regulatory Reform and Digital Society:Cisco will work with regulatory authorities and advise on innovative approaches to promoting a digital society while adhering to environmental, safety, and security considerations. In addition, the Cisco will aim to re-imagine the fan experience in the context of live entertainment and events.
  • 5G Infrastructure:Cisco will consult and collaborate with an array of stakeholders to build the underlying core infrastructure required to roll out 5G networks across the country. The connectivity, speed and low latency provided by 5G networks will further accelerate innovation, create better outcomes for businesses and experiences for consumers.



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