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MPD to create special unit to crack down on money laundering

The Metropolitan Police Department will establish the nation‘s first “criminal proceeds control section” specializing in cases of money laundering as part of its reorganization next fiscal year, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.   The MPD aims to increase its resources to analyze and expose money laundering, which is becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated.   According to the National Police Agency,….Read more

  • January 11, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 4:49 p.m.
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Editorial: Worrying spike in hate crimes against Korean residents in Japan

A rash of attacks against facilities linked to Korean residents in Japan, including cases of arson and vandalism, cannot be allowed to pass unnoticed.   Some of the incidents are still under investigation. The attacks, by and large, seem to fall under the vile category of hate crimes motivated by a bias against people or groups with specific characteristics like race,….Read more

  • January 11, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 1:50 p.m.
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North Korea suspected of using Japanese firm to acquire foreign currency

Yomiuri gave top play to the finding that a North Korean agent working mainly in China is suspected of having used a Japanese trading company in Tokyo to obtain foreign currency, and that the Japanese police have identified the case as “espionage.” The daily said North Korea targeted the well-known Japanese firm to acquire foreign currency as Pyongyang remains under….Read more

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Japan seeks arrest of Chinese ex-student over alleged link to space agency cyberattacks

TOKYO — The Public Security Bureau of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has obtained an arrest warrant for a former international student of Chinese nationality suspected of attempted fraud in connection with cyberattacks on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and other entities, the MPD announced on Dec. 28.   The suspect, Wang Jianbin, 36, has already returned to China….Read more

  • December 28, 2021
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Japan’s Justice Ministry eyes more flexible use of labor, education to rehabilitate prisoners

The Justice Ministry plans to revise the criminal punishments stipulated in the Penal Code for the first time in 115 years, as part of efforts to help rehabilitate inmates and prevent them from committing new crimes in the future.   The ministry intends to combine two existing punishments — imprisonment with labor and imprisonment without labor — in the first….Read more

  • December 27, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 3:32 p.m.
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Japan’s overall crime down, but phone scams rise

A Japanese government report on crime says more needs to be done to tackle phone scams and other schemes that defrauded people of nearly 250 million dollars last year.   This year’s white paper on crime was submitted to a Cabinet meeting on Friday. It says police dealt with about 614,000 criminal offenses in 2020, the lowest figure in the….Read more

  • December 24, 2021
  • , NHK WORLD , 3:15 p.m.
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195 foreign nationals on temporary release found to be on the run

On Dec. 16, sources told the Yomiuri Shimbun that 195 of the 787 foreign nationals who were temporary released after being detained at immigration centers for illegal stay and other offenses and who had lawyers or supporters serving as their guarantors are missing. The figure is based on data for the past eight years through March this year compiled by….Read more

  • December 17, 2021
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U.S. sailor at Yokosuka arrested for trespassing under influence of alcohol

Yomiuri reported online that the Kanagawa police on Tuesday arrested a service member belonging to Yokosuka Naval Base on charges of trespassing, saying that the suspect was intoxicated when he was discovered in the hallway of a local primary school by a teacher around 7 a.m. The 36-year-old sailor has reportedly denied the allegation by saying that he did not….Read more

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Sony Life employee suspected of hiding swindled cash

Tokyo, Dec. 21 (Jiji Press)–Tokyo police referred an employee of Sony Life Insurance Co. to public prosecutors Tuesday on suspicion of concealing fraudulently obtained money by converting it into bitcoins.     Rei Ishii, the 32-year-old employee of the Sony Group Corp. <6758> unit, has already been indicted on fraud charges for allegedly obtaining some 17 billion yen through an illegal….Read more

  • December 21, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 5:00 p.m.
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Exclusive: Inspections on Aum-linked groups hit record in 2021

Tokyo, Dec. 16 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Public Security Intelligence Agency has conducted a record number of on-site inspections on three groups deriving from the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, Jiji Press learned on Thursday.     The agency conducted 38 on-site inspections at facilities belonging to the religious organizations so far this year, the highest since surveillance began in 2000, agency sources said.     The….Read more

  • December 16, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 8:41 p.m.
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