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A building in Manila where a group of Japanese individuals engaged in fraud
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 8, 2024
Cyber and phone fraud cases in Japan surge, marking 15-year high
National Police Agency officials say that it is premature to conclude that public safety in Japan has deteriorated.
Commissioner Yasuhiro Tsuyuki speaks at a news conference at the National Police Agency on Dec. 7.
JAPAN
Dec 21, 2023
Japanese police to restrict online posts on making guns
The National Police Agency plans to penalize malicious online posts regarding the manufacturing and transfer of guns that incite unlawful possession.
BlackTech, a Chinese government-linked group that has been active since 2010, breached company headquarters through the infiltration of international subsidiaries, according to Japanese and U.S. security agencies.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 28, 2023
Japan and U.S. warn of corporate hacking by China-linked group
BlackTech, a group that has been active since 2010, was said to have targeted a variety of sectors including technology and telecommunications.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 3, 2023
Japanese police to trial system to prevent attacks by lone actors
Under the pilot program, officers at some police headquarters will gather information on individuals deemed particularly dangerous during questioning or other investigative activities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 6, 2023
Japan panel calls for unified cybercrime reporting service
An expert panel said Japanese authorities should unify their cybercrime reporting services as many cases are believed to go unreported.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 16, 2023
Cybercrime in Japan hits record high in 2022 as ransomware cases surge
With the increase in remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of ransomware attacks — in which hackers demand payment in exchange for restoring access to data — has soared.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 9, 2023
Teens made up 44.1% of Japan child-porn offenders in 2022: police
Experts say the increase may be due to the prevalence of smartphones, with approximately 40% of victims tricked or threatened into sending nude photos of themselves through social media.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 2, 2023
Japan's elderly drivers caused 379 deadly crashes in 2022
Of all fatal traffic accidents last year, those caused by elderly drivers accounted for 16.7% — the highest level since data became available in 1986.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 2, 2023
Crime in Japan up in 2022 for first time in 20 years
Consultations on domestic violence and suspected child abuse cases both hit all-time highs last year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 26, 2023
Net watchdog given power to have gun-making info taken down
In the July 2022 shooting of Abe, police quoted suspect Tetsuya Yamagami as telling them he used information found online to make gunpowder and firearms.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 10, 2023
Police took 1.63 million nonurgent emergency calls from January to November 2022
Of the total calls received, 622 involved the use of a system allowing police to receive videos of the events concerned, such as crimes and accidents, from the callers.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 8, 2023
Police prepare for spring elections six months after Abe was killed on the campaign trail
The National Police Agency has conducted a drastic review of its protection for dignitaries and introduced a plan to check the protection plans of prefectural police in advance.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 16, 2022
Japan police warn of cyberattacks by North Korea's infamous Lazarus hackers
The North Korean hacker group known is believed to have been involved in the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Aug 26, 2022
Japanese police agency plans to overhaul how it protects dignitaries
The agency's report on security procedures for Abe has pointed out a series of inadequacies in the planning stages that resulted in a "vacuum" in the rear of the protective police force.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 26, 2022
Yasuhiro Tsuyuki named new Japan police chief
The police leadership shakeup comes before Japan holds a state funeral for Abe in September and hosts a summit of the Group of Seven advanced nations next year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 12, 2022
Japanese police warned against racial profiling when making stops
Move came after U.S. Embassy in Tokyo claimed to have received reports of such activity, with several foreign nationals "detained, questioned and searched."
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 24, 2022
Japan saw record 5,400 cannabis offenders in 2021
Offenders in their 20s or below accounted for 70% of the total, with 2,823 of the individuals in their 20s and 994 age under 20.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 15, 2022
Crossbow possession banned in Japan after law revision takes effect
Crossbows can now only be owned for purposes such as shooting competitions or animal anesthesia, with owners needing to get a permit from their prefecture.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 23, 2021
National Police Agency preparing for fully automated driving in limited areas
The government is considering a system to screen and approve providers of such services, the agency said, and an amendment to the road traffic law is being planned for next spring.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Mar 20, 2021
Number of suicides among Japanese children hit record high in 2020
Health ministry officials attributed the increase to worries among young people about their studies and career paths, as well as the coronavirus pandemic.

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