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Japanese ministries, agencies should eliminate faxes: minister Kono

Administrative reform minister Taro Kono (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Administrative reform minister Taro Kono said in an April 13 press conference that fax machines used by ministries and agencies in the central government hub district of Kasumigaseki in the capital "are a hindrance to telework" and revealed his intention to abolish the use of the machines.

    He added, "It's time to seriously consider stopping the use of faxes." As for a time frame for the change, he only stated that "there is no concrete schedule."

    Touching on the fact that remote work is being promoted in Kasumigaseki with the spread of the coronavirus, Kono pointed out, "I've heard that ultimately, people in charge have to come to the place where fax machines are placed." He stressed, "If we switch to email, we can at least eliminate cases in which people can't telework because of faxes."

    In addition, Kono revealed that when he met with ambassadors from various countries, they told him sarcastically that Japan uses a machine called the facsimile that is on display in museums in their countries.

    (Japanese original by Kazuhiko Hori, Political News Department)

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