Japan’s digital minister says he’s ready for a fight

Taro Kono says the Covid-19 pandemic has forced Japan to acknowledge that its digitalisation has been slow. – EPA pic, September 30, 2022.

JAPAN’S media-savvy digital minister said today he is ready to take an iron-fisted approach to speed up the nation’s slow embrace of online services at government offices and workplaces.

Taro Kono – a political heavyweight who has been minister of defence, foreign affairs and Covid-19 vaccines – has already declared war on fax machines, floppy disks and other obsolete technologies that are still common in the world’s third-largest economy.

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