Hal Seki, a founder of Code for Japan, the largest civic tech community in Japan, explained the challenges of the existing governance model in Japan in the case of COVID19.
Then he introduces a new governance model called Agile Governance that METI proposes.
Also, he shows a concrete example of how civic-tech communities can foster trust between citizens and governments.
Hal Seki, Founder of Code for Japan.
What the Civic Tech
Community Can Do to
Improve Government and
creates a collaborative field for diverse people using open technologies.
Project Manager (Open Government)
90+ local communities
Data: John Hopkins University
70% got second vaccines
First state of
Second state of
third vaccine started
Total cases: 8.26 million
Citizen rights vs public welfare
Leisure facilities, restaurant, events
The government declared a state of emergency. But enforcement was weak.
There are no legal punishments if someone does not wear a mask.
The government only requested cooperation with facilities in exchange for allowances.
In the initial stage, some discrimination against COVID19 patients occurred.
There are no laws and regulations speciﬁcally regulating disinformation.
Limitations of traditional governance models
① Challenges regarding rule-making
② Challenges regarding monitoring
③ Issues regarding the scope of
④ Challenges regarding the
organization of law enforcement bodies
METI: Agile Governance Update
Multi stakeholder approach
METI: Agile Governance Update: Figure 3
It’s important for various stakeholders
implement collaborative governance to
fosters trust among stakeholders through
transparency and dialogue
Various activities born under the COVID19.
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