Thursday, January 05, 2006

Credit where it's due

I poked fun at Japanese banks for a monumental cock-up recently, so it's only fair that I point out a success story. According to this Japan Times story, the recent merger of computer systems to finalise the merging of two major financial companies into what is now the world's largest bank, passed off with hardly a hitch. Set against what could have happened, a mere 10 failed internet transactions is barely a molehill.

In other news, the JT is introducing a (free) registration system to access its archive, which is a bit of a pain. Why oh why oh why do they bother - are they trying to chase away readers to cut down the bandwith costs? Unfortunately I've not found a good alternative Japanese english-language news source.

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