Although the floppy disk has long since gone the way of the dodo, the ghosts of ancient recording media still haunt the digital world. A good example is when you try to save a file in Microsoft Office, the save icon still shows up as a floppy disk, even though you're likely saving the content to cloud storage rather than cloud storage. It's a slow, clunky plastic square with very limited storage capacity.
Although Japan is known for being on the cutting edge of technology, the Japanese government still relies to some extent on floppy disks.
Tom's Hardware reported that as of last week, there were approximately 1,900 formal government applications requiring companies to submit (specifically) floppies or CD-ROMs containing supplemental data. did. But Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is finally abolishing this outdated practice.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has promulgated the “Ministerial Ordinance Amending Part of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Ordinance to Promote Regulatory Reforms for the Formation of a Digital Society'' with the aim of reviewing rules regarding the use of old media such as floppy disks. did. The initiative is part of a broader review of analog regulations (digital principles) across ministries, led by the Digital Agency, according to PC Watch.
Current laws not only mandate the use of older recording media, but also remain vague as to whether cloud-based activities such as creating and storing documents online are permitted.
It is surprising that it took this long for the Japanese government to take action, but the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has finally gotten on board with the issue. In an effort to modernize the regulations, references to specific media types such as “floppy disks” and “CD-ROMs” will be removed and replaced with more modern terminology such as “electromagnetic recording media.”
The move follows a series of efforts in Japan aimed at reducing dependence on outdated technology, which has proven somewhat difficult. For example, fax machines are still widely used in the Land of the Rising Sun. A survey conducted in May 2022 revealed that 54% of businesses are still using this outdated mode of communication.