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Jul 15, 2015

Ban on possession of child porn takes effect in Japan

Japan finally moved to ban the possession of pornographic photos and videos of children on Wednesday, amid growing international criticism as the only Group of Seven industrialized country that had not passed a law on the matter. After the Diet amended the law on ...

Jul 13, 2015

Seven Bank hit by cyberattacks

Seven Bank has been hit by distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks. The bank, a member of the retail giant Seven & I Holdings Co. group, also received an email message ordering it to pay a rensom in bitcoins in return for a ...

Jul 13, 2015

Gun-carrying ex-Bangkok police chief won't face indictment

Prosecutors do not plan to indict a former Thai police official who was arrested at Narita International Airport last month on suspicion of bringing a loaded handgun into the country, sources said Monday. Comronwit Toopgrajank, 60, identified by the Thai Embassy in Tokyo as ...

Jul 13, 2015

Caller threatens to blow up bullet train

Tokyo Station received a phone call Sunday afternoon from a man claiming to have planted a bomb on a bullet train, authorities said Monday. The man claimed he would detonate the bomb by Monday. No explosives were found and the incident did not affect ...

Jul 11, 2015

Man arrested for bomb threat over boy band film

Hyogo prefectural police arrested a 27-year-old man Saturday on suspicion of making a bomb threat against a sports stadium unless a film starring a Japanese boy band was pulled from theaters. According to police, on July 31 last year, Shuhei Yoshie, a resident of ...