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Japan Bids Sayonara to the 3.5" Floppy Disk

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Sony, the last producer of 3.5-inch floppy disks, ceased production in 2011.

Industries still using floppy disks include the aerospace world, older airplanes that still require physical media for avionics, older medical equipment, and computerized embroidery machines that use disks to load design files.

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Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has amended that nation’s rules for the submission of official documents to the government so they no longer mention physical media like floppy disks, CD-ROMs, or other "electronic recording media."

The new policy brings decades of physical media submission requirements in Japan to an end.

Japanese Minister for Digital Transformation Taro Kono first confirmed plans to revise the law in 2022, describing his campaign to eliminate physical media as "a war" on floppy disks that would shift submissions to the cloud.

From The Register (U.K.)
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