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Japan's Coronavirus Vaccine Booking System Crashes


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A full-page ad by magazine publisher Takarajimasha, which appeared in a Tokyo newspaper last week.

A full-page ad in a Tokyo newspaper last week called for the Japanese government to step up vaccinations.

Credit: Issei Kato/REUTERS

Technical problems derailed Japan's coronavirus vaccination booking system last week, compounding frustration over the government's handling of new outbreaks of infections and an inoculation drive that critics say has been woefully slow.

The online system to book a vaccine crashed in many places including parts of Tokyo and the western city of Minoh because of a global problem with U.S. cloud computing vendor Salesforce.com Inc, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Salesforce chief technology officer Parker Harris said on Twitter that the company was experiencing a "major disruption," later updating to say services had been mostly restored.

From Reuters
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