August 21, 2008

Number of Cybercrime Arrests in Japan Marks 1st-Half Record

Tokyo, Aug. 21 (Jiji Press)--The number of cybercrime arrests in Japan in January-June rose 21.2 pct from a year earlier to 2,192, a first-half record, the National Police Agency said Thursday.

Police across Japan accepted 38,506 cases of consultations related to cybercrimes in the period, up 16.5 pct, the agency said.

An increase in Internet users may have subjected more people to crimes, the agency said.

Of cybercrimes, the number of frauds via the Internet including money swindles in Internet auctions increased 19.0 pct to 583. The number of child prostitution and violations of municipal ordinances for juvenile protection, such as by agreeing on the Internet to conduct obscene acts, rose 28.6 pct to 495.END

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