Japan's digital minister says he's ready for a fight

TOKYO, Oct 01 (AFP) - Japan's media-savvy digital minister said Friday he's ready to take an iron-fisted approach to speed up the nation's slow embrace of online services at government offices and workplaces.

Taro Kono — a political heavyweight who has been minister of defence, foreign affairs and Covid vaccines — has already declared war on fax machines, floppy disks and other obsolete technologies that are still common in the world’s third-largest economy.

Japan is often internationally considered a byword for high-tech, but fax machines are still routinely used by businesses and households along with email and texting apps.

Floppy disks and CD-ROMs are less visible to consumers, but some official documents are legally required to be stored in these outdated formats. ...continue reading

Oct 01 (ANNnewsCH) - 今年の「デジタル競争力ランキング」が発表され、63の国と地域のうち、日本は去年より1つ下がって29位でした。  ...continue reading