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Old clunky PCs hamper Japanese production from going high-tech

Some machines on the factory floor are 30 years old with floppy drives

PC Expert in Chiba Prefecture fixes aging personal computers for clients across Japan. (Photo by Hidetsugu Shimazu)

TOKYO -- As the "internet of things" revolutionizes manufacturing worldwide, many Japanese factories struggle to keep pace due to outdated personal computers on their production lines.

Hundreds of thousands of computers no longer supported by software updates are believed to be operating across Japan. Many of them simply lack the defenses to protect interconnected factories from outside cybersecurity threats.

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