PROFILE: Digital minister Hirai advocate of paperless society

Takuya Hirai, who took Japan’s newly created post of digital minister, is an avid advocate of creating a paperless society through the use of information technology.The 62-year-old member of ruling Liberal Democratic Party made his mark when he shunned paper documents and used a tablet device to answer questions in a parliamentary session in 2019 during his year as technology minister.A native of Kagawa Prefecture, western Japan, and the eldest son of former labor minister Takushi Hirai, he enjoys golf as a pastime and is an accomplished player.

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