Mar 27, 2014

Net bank robberies surged in 2013: NPA

The National Police Agency said Thursday that nearly 3,000 cases of illegal, unauthorized Internet access were logged in 2013, more than double the previous year, as attacks on the nation’s online banking systems surged. The police counted a record 2,951 violations, up 1,700 from ...

Mar 19, 2014

Japan's traffic death toll falls to record low in 2013

The number of people last year who died within 30 days of being involved in a traffic accident marked a record low of 5,152, down 1.6 percent from 2012, National Police Agency data showed Wednesday. The 2013 traffic fatality figure was the lowest since ...

Dec 25, 2013

Consumers still falling for shady websites

Consumer complaints over online merchants selling fake brand products and fraudulent Internet banking services continue running high in Japan, prodding police to take action in concert with providers of computer security software. The National Police Agency said it received around 29,113 requests for consultations ...

Nov 14, 2013

Chinese man 'ready' for extradition from Canada

A Chinese man living in Toronto whom Japanese police believe may know who murdered three women in a suburban Tokyo supermarket in 1995 said he has accepted that Canada will extradite him soon and looks forward to “finality,” his lawyer said Wednesday. Robin Parker ...

Oct 18, 2013

Insurers eye NPA data to bar yakuza

The Life Insurance Association of Japan is considering making use of the National Police Agency’s database on “antisocial groups” to help prevent member insurers from signing contracts or making business transactions with gangsters, according to sources. The industry group, which has 43 member companies, ...

Sep 20, 2013

Crimes linked to quasi-legal drugs triple in first half

Police dealt with 51 criminal cases linked to quasi-legal drugs in the first half of the year, according to official data from the National Police Agency. The number of cases is up 3.2-fold compared with the first half of 2012, reflecting tighter regulation of ...

Aug 27, 2013

Six more police forces to receive DNA-testing gear

The National Police Agency will deploy automated DNA-profiling equipment to six more prefectural departments by next March to speed up criminal investigations and the identification of bodies recovered from disasters, police sources said Tuesday. As a result, 11 prefectural forces will have the equipment, ...

Jun 29, 2013

Police put abductee info on Web

The National Police Agency said Friday it will have prefectural police forces start publishing online the names, pictures and other data about people possibly abducted by North Korea to solicit information from a wide range of sources, after obtaining consent from their relatives. The ...

New thugs on block sidestep the usual suspects

| May 14, 2013

New thugs on block sidestep the usual suspects

by Tomohiro Osaki

Japan’s underworld, namely the “boryokudan” (gangster organizations) better known as yakuza, have been targeted with crackdowns in recent years focused on cutting their funding and expanding their criminal liability. But a new type of thug appears to be acting with impunity by operating in ...