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Tokyo police assemble cybersecurity units at new building

  • April 2, 2018
  • , Nikkei evening edition , p. 10
  • JMH Translation

In response to increasingly serious cybercrimes and cyberattacks, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) assembled the offices of its six investigation units at a new building (commonly known as Cyber Building) in Bunkyo Ward on April 2. This is meant to bring together some 500 investigators assigned to various sections in one place, in order to strengthen cooperation in investigation and information collection.


A total of six units, including the cybercrimes section under the MPD’s Community Safety Bureau, the cyberattacks response center of the Security Bureau, and other MPD units, as well as the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Info-Communications Department, are now located in the same building. Their being based in one place is also expected to facilitate the coordination of equipment use and personnel.


New cross-sectional teams that will be summoned as warranted were created. The crisis action teams (CAT) will work on initial investigation into cases that would be difficult for one single office to handle, such as large-scale worldwide cyberattacks by the “WannaCry” ransomware.


The cyber special agent team (C-SAT) will consist of about 50 special investigators from various units. They will be assigned to the investigation headquarters for major crimes to make use of their advanced skills to help solve crimes. A digital forensic team (DFT) was also formed to facilitate the speedy analysis of massive digital data that can be used as evidence.


At the opening ceremony on April 2, MPD Chief Naomasa Yoshida stated: “Threats in cyberspace are becoming increasingly serious. Cybersecurity is an urgent task.” He stressed that, “This building will serve as the headquarters of the MPD’s cybersecurity efforts. I ask all teams to cooperate in dealing with threats.”

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