Japan has decided to phase out floppy discs

Japan's attempt to phase out floppy disks

Japan “declared war” on floppy discs. Their Digital Affairs Ministry have announced to replace this outdated storage technique. This will automate government operations including internet banking.

In a last-ditch effort to update government technology, Tano Koro, the Asian country’s Minister of Digital Affairs, posted a tweet. There he confirmed his plan to get rid of 3.5-inch floppy discs, which were one of the most popular ways to store data in the 1990s.

Koro says thousands of government procedures employ outdated technology

About 1,900 government procedures require businesses to use discs. For example, applications and other forms can be filed on floppy discs, CDs, MiniDisks, etc. The Digital Agency’s goal is to change these rules so that you can do them online.

In a presentation to different news outlets, the Minister of Digital Affairs showed how using old technology like floppy discs can be a problem. At the moment, some paperwork requests need optical or magnetic discs that haven’t been made in more than a decade.

Tano Koro wants to make things easier and, in the process, bring Japan up to date. In his speech, the Minister said that if a diskette isn’t needed, the person who wants to apply must go in person to give their application on other digital media. “It is a burden for the applicant, and there is a chance that the means will be taken away,” he said.

Japan’s Digital Affairs Ministry abolished floppy discs

It sounds good to declare war on the floppy disc and push for the government to do things digitally. But the changes need legal backing.. To do this, Japan will change its rules to replace some of the terms it needs. Phrases like “made with electromagnetic recording” will be changed to more neutral words like “recording media chosen by the government.”

Japan uses floppy discs despite production ending in 2011

In 2022, it’s not a new thing for people to use old technology. In some situations, like updating software on planes and other systems, you need to use floppy discs. However, in this case, it’s more about reliability than switching to a more modern system. Procedures and other systems run by the government will change to more modern ones.

Japan, which led the way in technology for many years, is now behind the times because it sticks to old ways. The Ministry of Digital Affairs knows this because it has been working hard for a year to update its infrastructure. As early as 2019, authorities in places like Meguro and Chiyoda began to switch to online systems.

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Late in 2021, Nikkei said that Mizuho Bank would charge the district 50,000 yen per month for using physical storage media. This meant that the government had to look for a good solution that didn’t involve floppy discs. Even though it will take another four years to switch to a fully online system, the investment is worth it and will help everyone.

Floppy discs will become obsolete in more than just the Asian country. At the end of 2021, the US said that its nuclear missile systems would no longer use the old 8-inch discs. The Strategic Automated Command and Control System (SACCS) will get high-security solid-state drives to replace the readers that are 50 years old.

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