Fax Machines in Japan

While they are nearly gone, or at least dwindling, they’re alive and well in Japan – the place where people pay to download music, and where the Walkman was still available until recently. The term Galápagos effect is quite funny: “Japan has this Galápagos effect of holding on to some things they’re comfortable with,” said Jonathan Coopersmith, a technology historian who is writing a book on the machine’s rise and fall. “Elsewhere, the fax has gone the way of the dodo.” (NY Times – fax)