Japan’s Digital Minister is going to war against floppy disks and fax machines

Japan has a high level of adoption when it comes to advanced technologies and is a world leader in various areas, such as robotics.

The country's newly appointed Minister of Digital Affairs, Taro Kono, has tweeted that he's declaring "a war on floppy disks."  

Apparently, there are still around 1,900 government procedures in Japan that require the use of disks, including floppy disks, CDs and MiniDiscs, to submit forms and applications.

The US government had been using floppy disks as recently as 2019, as well, and it was to receive nuclear launch orders from the President. 

Kono doesn't intend to stop with floppy disks either and has announced his plans to phase out the use of more outdated technologies.

The minister doesn't have to worry about ending pager services, at least: The last pager provider in the country closed up shop a mere three years ago in September 2019.

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