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Japan continued to see more reported cases of stalking and revenge pornography in 2017, with a revised law expanding the definition of offenses and the increased willingness of victims to come forward leading to the rise, police said Thursday.

Police nationwide were consulted in a record-high 23,079 suspected stalking cases in 2017, up 342 from the year before. The number of cases in which police arrested suspects or referred them to prosecutors over breaches of an anti-stalking law also reached a record high of 926, up 157, according to data released by the National Police Agency.

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