Japan’s war on floppy disks

Japan may be home to some of the world’s leading tech giants, but the Japanese have always been fond of old technology. But now Japan has declared war on the floppy disk to get rid of old technologies and machines.

Key Points

  • One reason for this is that if Japan replaces old technologies such as fax machines and floppies with new technology, it will need to create a lot of software for everyday tasks. And it will also require many software engineers. There is currently a shortage of about 5 lakh software engineers in Japan.
  • Other reason for this is that Japan is a country of old people. Bureaucratic confidence in Japan is also an obstacle in the way of new technologies that when a technology is working well for 20 years, why will it not last for the next 20 years.
  • Japanese officials are very sensitive to personal and government data. Japanese government officials believe that the data in floppies is more secure than today’s modern technologies. That’s why they don’t even use email in official work.

Floppy Disk

The floppy disk drive was invented in 1967 by Alan Sugart at IBM. Floppy disks were used as the main storage device in the 1980s-1990s. At that time it was the only way to transfer files to a computer. But gradually the use of floppy disk decreased and in today’s time floppy disk is not used at all.

The floppy disks used in computers are 5.25 inches (also called mini floppy) or 3.5 inches (also called micro floppy) in size. Floppy disks can store very small amounts of data.

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