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 ...

Pick peaks within your ability, climbers urged

Jul 16, 2013

Pick peaks within your ability, climbers urged

by Koichi Tsujimura

Now that it’s summer climbing season, police and rescue teams are urging potential climbers to choose mountains and routes appropriate for their ability and strength amid an increase in mountain accidents. The National Police Agency said 2,465 people were involved in mountain accidents last ...

Jul 9, 2013

Japan suffered 14,192 suicides from January to June

The number of suicides across the nation from January to June fell slightly to 14,192, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report Tuesday. The figure was 102 fewer than in the first half of 2012, when the annual number of suicides fell ...