Japan's creaking computer systems are hampering economic recovery, experts say

(www.japantimes.co.jp)

Economists say the shoddy state of Japan's digital services is dampening the benefits of fiscal stimulus and holding back technological progress in the private sector.

[…] “Japan is behind the world by at least 20 years” when it comes to administrative technology, said economist Yukio Noguchi, author of several books about tech and Japan’s economy. “The country needs to escape its system of using paper and physical stamps as soon as it can.”

Given the state of “modern” Japanese websites like Rakuten, I can only imagine what a whole bunch of committee-driven government sites might look like …