How advanced is Japan?
We all might have the idea of a very high-tech country.
This is after all the country of vending machines (5Mio in Japan including ATM)
If you look at only drinks (coffee, milk, beers and so on), you have about 2.5 millions vending machine in Japan.
At the same time, Japan relies a lot on FAX. You get orders from customers by FAX.
You confirm of course the order reception by another FAX.
You send the dispatch order to your warehouse by... yes by FAX.
The warehouse will of course answers that the goods have been dispatched by another FAX.
The customer (end-user) might even confirm to you he received the goods by another FAX.
You might end-up finding all those papers put in large binders and stored in even larger cabinets.
Many exchanges on the topic of "How advanced is Japan" have been done on Quora. You can look at this post: https://www.quora.com/How-advanced-is-Japan
I wrote also a post in general about IT in the workplace in Japan on my blog:
You can see too that EXCEL is the MUST to do word-processing in Japan.
All written above is based on my own experience and might not represent the whole corporate Japan (but still I could experience this more than once...)
French citizen in his forties living in Japan and almost 20 years working for foreign companies in Japan.