Tokyo Authorities Are Finally Phasing Out Floppy Disks

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed just how antiquated and lacking the country’s bureaucratic services were. Up until May last year, healthcare centers were still using fax machines to report daily COVID-19 cases to the central government. Reports transitioned to an online system only after a doctor chastised such requirements by Japan’s health ministry. 

It’s 2021, and Tokyo Authorities Are Finally Phasing Out Floppy Disks, VICE, 29 Nov 2021

... the account manager at Tokyo’s Meguro district said his municipality had continued using [fax machines] after they were ditched by consumers “because that’s what we’ve been using from years ago.”

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