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T5 wades into the world of law and order to bring you five picks from Japan’s justice system.

  • Authorities in Japan are ramping up efforts to prevent fraudsters from exploiting the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, especially against older residents, reports Tomohiro Osaki. At the moment, vaccine-related fraud is still in its infancy in Japan, with authorities so far having received just 10 or so inquiries complaining of such schemes. But the government is not taking any chances, unveiling pre-emptive steps against an expected surge in scam calls and phishing emails.
  • The government on Friday adopted a bill designed to prevent through law the abuse of GPS monitoring devices for stalking, Jiji reports. The bill to revise the law on stalking is also aimed at criminalizing the collection of location information from targets through future technologies. The government plans to submit the bill, which was adopted at a Cabinet meeting, to the ongoing session of the Diet.
The amount of illegal drugs seized by Japanese customs in 2020 dropped 43% from the previous year. | KYODO
The amount of illegal drugs seized by Japanese customs in 2020 dropped 43% from the previous year. | KYODO
  • The amount of illegal drugs seized by Japanese customs in 2020 dropped 43% from the previous year to total about 1,906 kilograms in 733 cases, which were down 30%, the Finance Ministry announced. The sharp decline was attributed to entry restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, the annual amount topped 1 ton for the fifth consecutive year, hitting the third-highest level on record — a situation the ministry characterized as “very serious.”
  • Personal info was compromised or lost at a total of 88 publicly traded companies and their subsidiaries in Japan in 2020, the highest number since such data began being collected in 2012, according to a survey by Tokyo Shoko Research Ltd. In total, personal information on 25.15 million people was compromised, the credit research firm said, adding that, including unlisted companies, the number of such cases “may reach astronomical figures.”
  • A father suspected of killing his three children in southern Japan may have been planning to take his own life, as well, Kyodo reports. Police in Kagoshima forced their way into a hotel room in the city on Friday night after the body of the man’s 9-year-old son was found in an apartment in Iizuka, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Thursday. The man was injured, but reportedly survived the four-story plunge. Police later discovered the bodies of his 3-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter in the room, about 230 kilometers south of their home, along with a suicide note.

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