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'Ransomware' affecting PCs in Japan

May 5, 2015

'Ransomware' affecting PCs in Japan

Following a surge in the United States, contamination of personal computers with “ransomware,” a type of malicious software that prevents users from accessing files and demands payment for restoration, is spreading in Japan. Experts warn PC users that even paying the ransom doesn’t necessary ...

May 5, 2015

Government eyes private body to identify drone operators

The Abe administration is considering having a private entity assume practical work for regulating drone flights, such as identifying their operators, after one carrying a small amount of radioactive cesium was found on the roof of the prime minister’s office last month, government sources ...

May 1, 2015

Ex-pro soccer player held in Sagamihara home intrusion, rape

The Kanagawa Prefectural Police said they have arrested a 26-year-old former professional soccer player on suspicion of intruding into a woman’s apartment and raping her. Sho Kamimura of Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, an employee of a medical corporation, allegedly got into a 22-year-old woman’s apartment ...

Apr 30, 2015

Dentist group offices raided over donations to LDP lawmaker

Prosecutors raided a dentist group’s office in Tokyo on Thursday, amid allegations it exceeded political donation limits in its support of Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Midori Ishii. A special investigative arm of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office searched the office of the Japan ...

Apr 30, 2015

Okinawa Tokushukai to lose special tax status over campaign activities

The National Tax Agency told Okinawa Tokushukai on Wednesday it was revoking the group’s certification as a special medical corporation eligible for preferential tax treatment. The agency concluded that former House of Representatives lawmaker Takeshi Tokuda’s campaign for the 2009 Lower House election violated ...

Apr 30, 2015

Tokyo police studying technology to detect, capture drones

Tokyo police are studying technology for capturing suspicious drones as part of efforts to boost surveillance of airspace above important facilities, following the recent discovery of a drone on the roof of the prime minister’s office, Jiji Press learned Wednesday. The Metropolitan Police Department ...