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Banks in Japan reported losing ¥1.54 billion in the first half of 2015 to online fraudsters who stole IDs and passwords, down some ¥300 million from a year earlier, the National Police Agency said Thursday.

But the latest figure represented an increase of about ¥500 million from the second half of 2014, according to the agency. In 2014, such losses amounted to an annual record of ¥2.9 billion.

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