Japan launched a new agency on Wednesday to upgrade and overhaul the country's digital systems.
The agency is located in central Tokyo, and has about 600 staff members. About 200 people have joined from the private sector.
The new authority will have wide-ranging powers, including the right to advise ministries and other agencies. It will oversee and control the government's information systems. It will be responsible for calculating and allocating related budgets.
The agency will also work to standardize the information systems of local municipalities. It will aim to streamline administrative services that use the "my number" identification card.
The agency will work to digitalize fields such as education, medical care and disaster prevention.
Digital Transformation Minister Hirai Takuya will head the organization. Hitotsubashi University Professor Emeritus Ishikura Yoko will be in charge of day-to-day affairs.