Japan says goodbye to floppy disks

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The Japanese government says goodbye to floppy disk: this is the last decision that comes after ten years that Sony has stopped production. Therefore, all public administrations have time until 2026 to stop using old data retention disks. A decision that officials have not received too kindly. “They hardly ever broke and never lost data,” he commented Yoichi Ono, responsible for managing Meguro’s public funds. Yet despite this, the diskettes are destined to disappear from Japanese offices.

Floppy disks: there will be no more in Japan by 2026

Although Japan has repeatedly proved to be a cutting-edge country, it continues to struggle to get rid of floppy disks, a medium that has disappeared elsewhere for at least ten years. After all, the disk he is now fifty years old, demonstrating that its history of use is really long and long-lived. Yet the advent of the CD-Rom first, and then of the USB sticks, have forced it to become less and less used by users. But this is perhaps not true for Japan, where public administrations have continued to use the floppy as a medium for storing documents.

Now, however, it is really time to say enough. Not surprisingly, the Japanese government has given public administrators time until 2026 to completely get rid of the old floppy disk. The banks, for their part, are pressing for the elimination of such an old support and the introduction (as quickly as possible) ofonline banking. In short, there is a need to renew itself and how, yet it would seem that Japan is more tied to traditions than we expected. Despite this, the time has come to replace the floppy disks with something more modern. And it will not be possible to go back.