Politics | Jan 23

Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry Ejects Floppy Disks

End of an Era: METI Revises Outdated Floppy Disk Requirements

TOKYO, Jan 23 (News On Japan) - Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) announced on Monday the amendment of 34 ministerial ordinances under its jurisdiction, aiming to revise regulations that specify the use of floppy disks as a storage medium.

One individual commented saying, "It's about time, though there is a sense of nostalgia. Government offices were probably the last ones using them." Another added, "Using floppy disks now seems anachronistic."

Digital Minister Taro Kono remarked, "There are instances where floppy disks are still required for submitting documents to the administration. People wonder where they can even buy floppy disks nowadays. Such requirements need to be reviewed promptly."

Two years ago, the Digital Agency requested various ministries to revise regulations mandating applications and other procedures via floppy disks.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has stated, "By June of this year, we aim to eliminate all such analog regulations."

Source: ANN

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