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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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

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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