Japan wants to kill off the floppy disk completely and this time for good although floppy disks still play a very vital role in japan.
Japan Wants To Kill Off the Floppy Disk Completely
The government of japan is looking to axe the utilization of floppy disks. The country is aiming to beat down its reliance on technology that is outdated. An edict from the digital minister of the country has declared war on floppy disks as part of a campaign in kicking out the number of old and outdated tools and platforms.
Taro Kono at the moment is looking to rewrite the rules that demand the use of floppy disks and outdated CD-ROMs equally when sending data to Japan’s government.
Japan Set To Launch New National ID Number
Reports from Bloomberg states that the news was revealed at the 5th digital society concept conference, where it was part of plans to launch a national ID number for all the citizens of japan.
This very new system of ID is set to be called MyNumber and it will form all part of the future digital services of the Japanese government. Much of it however will require the uploading of data to various online platforms.
However, in researching the needs for the program, Kono and his department together found over 1,900 regulations relating to how data can be shared with the government, many of which stipulated the utilization of floppy disks or CD-ROMs, as the process of uploading data over the internet is not permitted for security reasons.
Kono has now said that his department is looking to fix these regulations so that the efforts toward modernization can continue smoothly.
Japan Is Moving To Decrease the Reliance on Older Pieces of Technology
This very move is only the latest in a series of moves in Japan to help decrease the reliance on older pieces of technology. The Register however notes that former prime minister of the nation Yoshihide Suga looked to crack down on the use of fax machines and seals, although the move was not successful due to him losing his job.
A survey however in May 2022 found out that the fax machine sits still alive and well with the vast majority of companies (54%) saying that they had 6 and 50 users of fax between them. A fifth, on the other hand, claims that there were 51 or more fax users within their companies.
Contracts in the region make up a huge part (56%) of files sent. This is followed by tenancy agreements (44%), company accounts (31%), commercially sensitive documents (28%), and lastly, documents that contain sensitive banking details (26%).