Japan’s major issue with the ‘death’ of Internet Explorer

The once-dominant browser, Internet Explorer, will soon become history. Six years after the phasing-out plan was revealed, Microsoft acknowledged that it is being discontinued. The news seemed to have received poorly in Japan, though. According to a study by Nikkei, many organisations still use Internet Explorer as their primary browser, according to a survey done by IT resource provider Kenya’s Net. Nearly 49% of those surveyed claimed that Internet Explorer was their main browser.

Furthermore, the research says that a Tokyo-based software company, Computer Engineering & Consulting, has received requests for assistance from government organisations, financial institutions, and corporations.

Why are some Japanese businesses "struggling" with Internet Explorer's demise?

The issue, according to the research, is that many businesses and government organisations maintain websites that are still only functional with Internet Explorer. The survey claims that a large number of Japanese businesses use the browser for both internal tools and attendance tracking. Because of the clients’ order-handling systems, some businesses are forced to utilise Internet Explorer.

According to the research, Japan’s government institutions have been reluctant to switch from Internet Explorer to alternative browsers. The preferred browser for many governmental organisations is still Internet Explorer. For a seamless transition, the Japan Information Technology Promotion Agency has been urging users to switch to other browsers, but many haven’t cooperated.

To be fair to Microsoft, it gave users plenty of time to transition from Explorer to its own Edge browser or to any other browser of their choosing, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer.

Microsoft acknowledged the demise of Internet Explorer in a blog post dated June 15, 2002. “Internet Explorer (IE) is officially discontinued and no longer supported as of today, June 15, 2022, after enabling consumers utilise and explore the web for more than 25 years. Thank you to the millions of you who use Internet Explorer as your browser to access the internet.