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Storing data on floppy disks? Japan tells bureaucracy time to stop

'Where can you buy floppy disks these days?': digital chief Kono

Japan still has about 1,900 provisions in its laws requiring data to be submitted on floppy disks and other storage media. (Photo by Kotaro Sugimoto)

TOKYO -- Japan may be known for its advanced technologies, but government agencies still require some data to be submitted or saved on floppy disks and CD-ROMs. That is about to end.

"Where can you buy floppy disks these days?" Digital Affairs Minister Taro Kono told reporters on Tuesday. "We will change [these rules] promptly."

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