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Press Release

March 5, 2013

2013 White Paper on Information and Communications in Japan Created by Everyone

Implementation of “Reader Participatory Project utilizing SNS” of White Paper on Information and Communications
  The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) will solicit opinions from the general public utilizing social networking services (hereinafter “SNS”) for the purpose of raising the interests in the information and communications field and deepening understanding of the general public on information and communications policies of the MIC.

1.Purport of project

  The Report on Current Status of Information and Communications (hereinafter “White Paper on Information and Communications”) has been published every year by the MIC from 1973 for the purpose of getting the understanding of the general public on the current status of information and communications and policy trends in the information and communications field in Japan.
  With regard to the 2013 White Paper on Information and Communications in Japan, we are planning to solicit opinions from the general public utilizing SNS and reflect them on its compilation aiming at publication of “reader participatory White Paper” so that the general public can feel closer to information and communications and get an opportunity for raising the interests in information and communications.
   

2.Content of project

  A website of this project will be opened on Facebook (SNS) in order to solicit opinions from the general public under the theme “How can strategic utilization of ICT bring energy and growth to Japan.” Moreover, a questionnaire survey related to the theme will be carried out. Information on the status of Facebook will also be provided on newly opened Twitter where necessary. Results will be compiled after the project completes and reflected in the compilation of the 2013 White Paper on Information and Communications in Japan.
  Account name of Facebook: “White Paper on Information and Communications in Japan created by everyone” (MINNAdeICThakusho)
  Account name of Twitter: “White Paper on Information and Communications in Japan created by everyone” (@ict_hakusho)
   

3.Schedule

  The website will be opened on March 5 (Tue), 2013 and opinions will be solicited in order by late April.
 

4.Others

  - Operation of website: Secretariat of White Paper on Information and Communications created by everyone (entrusted to Ideafront, Inc.)
  - A workshop event related to this project will be held at Keio University in the period from late March to mid-April, 2013 (entrusted to You Go Lab with the cooperation of Keio University)
   
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For further information about this press release, please fill in the inquiry form and submit it to MIC on the website
https://www.soumu.go.jp/common/english_opinions.html

International Policy Division,
Global ICT Strategy Bureau, MIC
TEL: +81 3 5253 5920 / FAX: +81 3 5253 5924

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