May 16, 2014

Cyberthefts surge to new record

Cyberthefts in the first four months of this year have already surpassed the total for 2013, according to the National Police Agency. Online fraud targeting people and companies had come to ¥1.417 billion as of May 9, topping total of ¥1.406 billion logged last ...

Jan 30, 2014

Online banking users suffer ¥1.4 billion in damage

The National Police Agency said Thursday it received reports on 1,315 illegal remittance cases targeting online banking users last year, causing around ¥1.4 billion in damage. In many cases, criminal groups cracked IDs and passwords of Internet banking customers by using computer viruses, secretly ...

Jan 10, 2014

Crime rate in Japan falls for the 11th straight year

The number of murders and attempted murders recorded by police in 2013 declined 8.8 percent from the previous year to a postwar low of 939, the National Police Agency said. Overall penal code violations dropped 4.4 percent to 1.32 million cases, the 11th consecutive ...

Jan 6, 2014

Traffic deaths fell for 13th year in 2013

Traffic accidents took the lives of 4,373 people in 2013, down 0.9 percent from 2012 and declining for the 13th year straight, police data said Monday. After deaths in the January-June first half logged the first rise in 13 years, police launched a crackdown ...

Sep 19, 2013

Seizure of drugs on rise in first six months

The amount of stimulant drugs seized by police soared to 550.1 kg from January to June, about 3.4 times the amount seized in first half of 2012, the National Police Agency said Thursday. Even though that total was for only six months, it is ...

Sep 12, 2013

5,670 children suffered mental abuse in first half

A record high 5,670 children were mentally abused in the first half of 2013, the National Police Agency said in a report Thursday. The total was up 2,036, or 56.0 percent, from the previous year, the report said. The figure was based on police ...