Saturday, April 7, 2012

Japan's Prime Minister's Office Website - How Can This Cost 120 Million Yen (US$1.5 Million)?

The "Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet" website did the site renovation and added some new features to its English and Chinese sites to appeal Japan's recovery and a special site just for kids, for 120 million yen (US$1.5 million). That's without the maintenance fee.

Who got to do this project? A company called Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ), 30% owned by the telecom giant NTT. It got the contract without bidding because "there was no viable competitor".

(For more, see here and here. Sorry they are both in Japanese.)

Front page, now with extremely small fonts:

"Kantei" (PM's Office) for Kids, where kids get to play games to learn all about the administration does:

"Let's study social science", "Get to know more about Prime Minister", "Virtual Prime Minister's Official Residence!", "Get to know more about what the administration is doing!"

If you go to "Kantei for Kids" site by the way, you will notice there is no link back to the original (adult-version) "Kantei".

7 comments:

vastman said...

Our corporatocracy making out like bandits, as usual...I'm sure there wasn't ANY small business that could hadn't done this... For $10-20k...

What a joke! Just like the good old usa, rape, pillage & plunder...in the name of your all mighty corporate god..."profit"...

Our disease has obviously infected your country too... And it's looking more & more like it's "terminal" every day...

Anonymous said...

Yes it's too expensive. I guess there are not so many companies that would sell their souls to become pitchmen for this rascal. Unless my family was homeless and starving, I wouldn't build Noda's website if he paid me $3 million. I'd never be able to forgive myself if I prostituted myself to his policy agenda.

JAnonymous said...

Gah..... I feel terrible :-(

Why didn't they ask dentsu yet another time.

richard said...

those faces on the front centre pic look like they've been photoshopped... the angles/scales dont quite sit right.. i'm thinking.

Anonymous said...

no viable competitor?!!!

Japan has no competition in the internet and web site creation industry?

Sorry but I can only cry for Japan, it can't be help, mission impossible. It has gone simply crazy.

Anonymous said...

We see impending irreversible global nuclear disaster. Assholes see an opportunity for profit.

Manish Deo said...

Actual website cost may differ according to website feature that you want for your company.

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