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Japan Declares 'War' on the Humble Floppy Disk in New Digitization Push

  • Digital minister declares ‘war’ on the outdated technology
  • Taskforce to draft ways to phase out the disk by year end
Floppy disks.
Floppy disks.Photographer: Marketa Hofmanova/CTK/AP Images

Japan’s digital minister, who’s vowed to rid the bureaucracy of outdated tools from the hanko stamp to the fax machine, has now declared “war” on a technology many haven’t seen for decades -- the floppy disk. 

The hand-sized, square-shaped data storage item, along with similar devices including the CD or even lesser-known mini disk, are still required for some 1,900 government procedures and must go, digital minister Taro Kono wrote in a Twitter post Wednesday.