Report: Japan to Get First IT Minister

TOKYO (06/28/2000) - Fresh from victory in a weekend general election, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori [CQ] has his mind set on information technology and may be about to name the country's first ever minister for IT.

"We need to do something to promote the IT revolution, such as having a minister who specializes in IT-related issues in the new cabinet," Mori was quoted by the Yomiuri Shimbun as saying in a pre-election campaign speech last week.

Quoting government sources, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun said Tuesday the new chief cabinet secretary will play a dual role as minister in charge of IT issues. In addition, Mori plans to establish an IT panel of private sector experts to advise on IT-related issues, the newspaper reported.

Mori is set to name his new cabinet on July 4.

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