Japan’s prime mininster’s office has spent 4.5 million yen (nearly US$550,000) on an overhaul of the Prime Minister’s website. The redesign was done to improve communications. A new section of the site was also designed for kids. The site, titled” The Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet” can be found at http://www.kantei.go.jp/ . It includes links to Prime Minister Noda’s twitter account, blog, and various other items of interest to politically minded folks. There are also rotating headlines and pictures including one of Prime Minister Noda shaking hands with Mark Zuckerberg. The kids’ site features quiz games, most of which are about the political process or different areas of Japan, and includes a virtual tour (via slideshow) of the cabinet and Prime Minister’s official residence and offices.
Although there’s no denying the page has been updated and expanded, one has to wonder how the half a million dollars. One of the best comments I saw on the web about this was the idea to offer a $10,000 prize for the best website and how much better a design might have come out of that.
There are some screenshots below of the site and the kids site which can be found at “http://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/kids/index.html” if you want to go directly there.