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Japan is finally going to phase out floppy disks and CD-ROMs at the end of this year: how embarrassing is the development of IT in the country of craftsmen

Posting time:2023-02-02 05:30:12

Japan is finally going to phase out floppy disks and CD-ROMs at the end of this year: how embarrassing is the development of IT in the country of craftsmen

In 2018, Kita Conley, a writer specializing in writing books for Japanese entrepreneurs, published a book "The Country of Craftsmen: How Made in Japan Goes to Excellence", through which 12 traditional manufacturing craftsmen from brewing, lacquerware, candles and other industries came to the book. An introduction to Japanese manufacturing. It is estimated that if the development continues, a new type of craftsman's work may be born in Japan in the future - floppy disk. However, this possibility is about to disappear with the words of Taro Kono at the end of August 2022. So who is this Kono Taro? He has served as Japan's General Affairs Minister, Deputy Minister of Justice and other positions, and now the latest position is Japan's Minister of Digitalization. This position was also newly established in 2020, with the purpose of giving birth to world-class technology giants such as Apple and Amazon in Japan, and another important job is to promote the digital reform of the administration. It is such a minister who publicly declared war on obsolete technology and equipment such as floppy disks on August 31, 2022. This argument sounds powerful, but when you think about it, it doesn't seem right: what era is a floppy disk, and what? Actually it is. Kono Taro said that there are still more than 1,900 administrative procedures in the Japanese administrative department that require companies and individuals to submit application forms for storage devices such as floppy disks, CDs, and mini-discs. The rules will be updated to allow people to use online services, he said. Behind this, the degree of networking of the 55,000 administrative procedures in Japan in 2019 is only 7.5%, and the methods of filling in forms by hand, stamping, and faxing are still the absolute mainstream. Maybe many young people have never seen what a floppy disk is. Even those born in the 1980s and 1990s will probably wonder, there is still a market for this thing? Floppy disks have been discontinued for many years, but Japanese administrative agencies still use them to save and transfer data. For example, in May of this year, there was an incident of mistakenly sending 46.3 million yuan of relief money to a person in Awu Town, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. Many people discovered a detail. The transfer method in Awu Town is to copy the account information to a floppy disk, and then assign it to a special person. Take it to the bank, and the bank employee will carry out the transfer operation. Local banks also said they wanted to phase out floppy disks, but Abu-cho insisted. From the perspective of time, this incident is likely to be the trigger for Japan's determination to abolish floppy disks and CD-ROMs. But upgrading the entire system to the network is probably still a long way off. After all, the floppy disk is gone and there is still a USB flash drive. I don't know how long it will take to switch from the USB flash drive to the network. Just one month after the incident in Amu-cho, in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, there was another incident of a staff member drinking and losing a USB flash drive, which contained information such as the names, addresses, birthdays, and resident tax amounts of 460,000 people in the city. In short, you can hardly imagine such a thing happening in 2022. Unlike many people's impression of a modern and technologically powerful country, Japan is obviously backward in the Internet age, and it is backward from top to bottom. For example, it was reported in 2018 that Yoshitaka Sakurada, the 73-year-old minister in charge of cybersecurity legislation at the time, could not use a computer, nor did he know anything like a USB flash drive. At the same time, the ability of the digital minister Naoichi Takemoto was limited to the ability to use a smartphone, to post pictures on the Internet, and to like the two-dimensional ACG. In conclusion, Japan's IT development may be more complicated than imagined. When complaining about the backwardness of some industries in Japan, there are always people who say that Japan is giving up low-end industries and turning to upstream fields. But is this really the case? Regardless of the previous fax machine's response to the epidemic, or the recent declaration of war on floppy disks, it shows that Japan has gradually fallen behind in the global IT development, and this backwardness of information technology will inevitably bring about the overall backwardness of all industries. In the past, Japan used the spirit of craftsmanship to bring all kinds of products beyond imagination, but now the progress of technology relies more on computers and informatization. When using the power of science and technology to improve efficiency and drive social progress, the spirit of craftsmanship can keep pace with the times. ? When trains replace carriages, the best riders and coachmen will also face unemployment.

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