• JIJI, Kyodo

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A man suspected of fraudulently obtaining hard drives containing data managed by the Kanagawa Prefectural Government has posted over 7,800 items, including over 3,900 hard disks, for sale online, the company he had been working for said Monday.

Yuichi Takahashi, 51, a former employee of Tokyo-based data erasure company Broadlink Co., told police that he stole the devices almost every day, saying it was easy to do in the early morning before work began, investigative sources said Tuesday.

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