Japanese IT businesses turn to Gods to ward off viruses, hackers

The new year in Japan is a time for fresh starts and spiritual cleansing for not only the residents of Tokyo, but also their computers. At the Kanda Myojin shrine in downtown Tokyo, IT businesses and the nearby electronic shops association of Akihabara have gathered to purify their computers and protect them from common electronic evils. For most, that meant warding off computer viruses and hackers. “I work in software development and we faced many threats such as computer viruses and hackers, and if our computers breakdown we can’t work anymore. So that is why it’s important to me to pray for a year of safe business,” said 30-year old Katsutoshi Honma whose computer was blessed according to the ancient Shinto traditions.


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