Taro Kono, the newly named minister in charge of administrative and regulatory reform, pictured at a news conference in Tokyo earlier this month. Photo: EPA Taro Kono, the newly named minister in charge of administrative and regulatory reform, pictured at a news conference in Tokyo earlier this month. Photo: EPA
Taro Kono, the newly named minister in charge of administrative and regulatory reform, pictured at a news conference in Tokyo earlier this month. Photo: EPA

Can Japan end its reliance on ‘boomer-era’ tech? One minister is waging war on the fax machine

  • From ‘hanko’ personal seals to the ubiquitous fax machine, much of Japanese corporate and bureaucratic life seems to be perpetually stuck in the 1980s
  • Veteran cabinet minister Taro Kono is trying to drag the country into the 21st century, but an army of petty bureaucrats stands in his way

Topic |   Japan
Taro Kono, the newly named minister in charge of administrative and regulatory reform, pictured at a news conference in Tokyo earlier this month. Photo: EPA Taro Kono, the newly named minister in charge of administrative and regulatory reform, pictured at a news conference in Tokyo earlier this month. Photo: EPA
Taro Kono, the newly named minister in charge of administrative and regulatory reform, pictured at a news conference in Tokyo earlier this month. Photo: EPA
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