Japanese Firms Face 1st Era Change in Digital Age

Politics

Tokyo, March 17 (Jiji Press)--Companies in Japan face an urgent need to revamp their information systems to respond to the country's first era change in the digital age of computers connected online.

The industry ministry is calling for elaborate preparations, such as testing of new systems between businesses, to detect possible malfunctions.

The Japanese government will announce on April 1 the name of the new era, which will begin on May 1 in line with Crown Prince Naruhito's accession to the throne.

According to the Information-Technology Promotion Agency, an independent administrative agency, systems using the current Heisei and other Japanese era names, including those displaying the era name as a single character, require program modifications.

Systems incompatible with the era change are expected to cause problems in placing or receiving orders online. Excel and other spreadsheet software may become unable to recognize the Japanese calendar.

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