Government of Japan Accepting OpenID To Help Foster Citizen Engagement

Last week, exciting news emerged that the Japanese government has started accepting OpenID for user registration and login on a Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website. The site, called IdeaBox, allows citizens to provide input on government policy, foster discussion with others, and vote upon their favorite policy suggestions for the Ministry.

IdeaBox incorporated OpenID to make it easy for site visitors to quickly register via their existing identities from Yahoo! Japan, Google, Mixi (popular social network in Japan), and LiveDoor (a large Japanese web portal).

This development further demonstrates that it has become very compelling for government organizations to adopt OpenID as a means of facilitating greater citizen engagement, and follows the US Federal Government’s announcement last September of plans to accept OpenID on selected agency websites.