Aug 20, 2014

Traffic deaths at record low over Bon

Police data show this year’s Bon summer holiday period was the safest in terms of the number of traffic deaths. The death toll came to 93, down by nine from a year before, falling below 100 for the first time since records began in ...

Aug 11, 2014

Next, conversation monitoring

The National Police Agency's white paper for 2014 stresses the need for police to consider conversation monitoring — as distinguished from "ordinary" communications interception — as a new means of investigation.

Aug 6, 2014

Panel urges tougher penaties for stalking

An expert panel commissioned by the National Police Agency called Tuesday for tougher punishment on stalking, as well as a ban on loitering around victims and stalking behavior that uses social networking sites. Following the panel’s proposals made in a report, the NPA plans ...

41 deaths caused by 'dangerous drugs' in Japan since 2012

Aug 5, 2014

41 deaths caused by 'dangerous drugs' in Japan since 2012

At least 41 people are suspected to have died from using “dangerous drugs” since 2012, a National Police Agency official said. The figure, which does not include deaths caused by traffic accidents, covers unnatural deaths at sites where “dangerous drugs,” which is the term ...

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 ...