Open Government Data Projects in Japan

Written by Matthias Frey, Science & Technology Office Tokyo, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan 

When it comes to new technologies, Japan is often at the forefront. Already in the 1960’s the Japanese Government used computers to automate a large amount of paperwork and form-filling: large main frame computers for business were installed. This article describes the development and future trends of big data in Japan and it also touches upon the related topic of “open science”.