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Cybercrime report from Japan

Date: March 02, 2006

The number of people arrested for fraud and other crimes linked to the Internet jumped almost 52 percent last year to a record 3,161, Japan's National Police Agency says.

The figure easily surpassed the previous year's record of 2,081 arrests, according to a report issued by the NPA, which began compiling statistics on cybercrimes in 1999.

In July, Japan's police beefed up patrols of the Internet amid an increase in e-mail scams, the transfer of illegal content and other crimes. For example, four men were arrested in November for allegedly slandering a Japanese celebrity by superimposing her face on a nude picture and posting it online.
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