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Jun 3, 2015

Details emerge of how pension data hackers avoided detection

Hackers used addresses obtained from free email providers to target unsuspecting recipients inside the Japan Pension Service computer network last month, sources said Wednesday. The attack resulted in virus infections and a massive leak of data. The emails purported to relate to government pensions, ...

Jun 3, 2015

Number of welfare recipients in Japan hits record high

The number of welfare recipients totaled 2,174,331 in March, up 5,166 from the previous month, surpassing a record reached a year earlier, the welfare ministry said Wednesday. The number of households receiving welfare also hit a record of 1,622,458 in the month, up 3,773, ...

Jun 3, 2015

Government mulls ban on flying drones at night

The government is considering banning drone flights at night, according to an outline of new regulations on how the unmanned aircraft should be used. The move follows the arrest of a man who landed a drone carrying a minuscule amount of radioactive material on ...

Police, Coast Guard hold first joint island defense drill

Jun 3, 2015

Police, Coast Guard hold first joint island defense drill

Police and the Japan Coast Guard held their first joint drill on handling an illegal landing by foreigners on a remote Japanese island, following the arrival of many suspected Chinese fishing boats in waters near Japan’s Ogasawara Islands last fall. The joint drill was ...

Jun 3, 2015

Ministry to require portable toilets, drinking water in elevators

The infrastructure ministry and the elevator industry agreed that drinking water and portable toilets should be stored in elevators in preparation for emergency stoppages after earthquakes, the ministry said. The agreement was reached at a meeting after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake struck near islands south ...

Jun 3, 2015

Dwindling enrollments force college reforms

The education ministry plans to launch a program to support management reforms at regional private universities and colleges that struggle to enroll enough students. In Japan, all applicants are theoretically able to attend university or college, because total student numbers have fallen below overall ...