Google takes blame for widespread internet disruptions in Japan

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Google Inc on Saturday accepted responsibility for widespread internet disruptions experienced across Japan the previous day.

The search engine giant apologized for the trouble, saying it was caused by a wrong network setting that was corrected within eight minutes of its discovery.

Google did not say whether human error or a technical malfunction was to blame.

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The affected services used internet connections provided by NTT Communications Corp and KDDI Corp, both of which said Friday the issues were caused by a disruption in the flow of data traffic.

Affected services took hours to recover, with financial institutions, including customers of Resona Bank, unable to access their online accounts. Passengers of East Japan Railway Co, known as JR East, were also unable to reserve seats online.


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