Future Society Design Program

How can the Digitalization of Japan's Democracy be Promoted?
: The Environmental Improvement for Digital Democracy from the Perspective of Institutions, Awareness, and Technology

Program Theme

The Great East Japan Earthquake and the Covid–19 pandemic have made Japanese people acutely aware of the need to utilize information and communication technology in Japan's democracy. Nevertheless, the digitalization of Japan's democracy has been very slow to take off. In this program, we will explore the factors restraining it from the three perspectives of institutions, awareness, and technology, taking as a starting point the question: “Why hasn't there been much progress in the digitization of the electoral and parliamentary systems that support democracy in Japan?”


Council DX Seminar for Local Council Members
(June 1, 2023)

Citizenship Education Through Internet Voting
Tohoku University Open Campus 2023 “Let's Try Internet Voting”

(July 26, 2023)

Academic Conference on Democracy: Issues Concerning Democracy and Elections in East Asia
(November 27, 2023)

Korea–Japan Research Forum for Regional Information Society in Tohoku University
(February 6, 2024)


Kazunori Kawamura
(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University)

Mitsuru Ichinosawa

Yasutomo Kimura
(Professor, Otaru University of Commerce)

Seongyu Go
(Professor, Daegu University)

Jeyeon Park
(CEO, KEvoting, Inc.)

Harumichi Yuasa
(Professor, Meiji University)


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Co–hosted by

  • Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University
  • NEC Networks & System Integration Corporation
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