Tokyo police have arrested two Chinese men on suspicion of making unauthorized online access and using shopping points of other person at an outlet of electronics retailer Bic Camera Inc. The two arrested by the cybercrime division of the Metropolitan Police Department on suspicion of fraud and a violation of the law banning illegal online access included a 24-year-old student in Kawasaki. He denied the allegations, saying he was just asked by a friend to buy a product. The division also arrested for alleged fraud a 23-year-old unemployed Chinese man in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, who is a member of the same suspected fraud group to which the two other arrested men belong. The police suspect that the group has illegally used other people's shopping points worth at least ¥2 million.
Japan's economy ministry is planning to test cashless payment technology using fingerprints and other biometric markers to make transactions more convenient for foreign tourists, sources close to the project said Tuesday. The trials by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will be held from around October in tourism hot spots in the Kanto region around Tokyo, the Kansai region centering on Osaka and Kyushu, the sources said. The ministry will analyze customer data and purchasing patterns collected from each area during the trials by nationality, age group and other demographic features, with a view to making Japan a more attractive destination and improving tourism services in the country. Initiatives allowing tourists to rely less on cash could help boost visitor numbers ahead of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. The system using biometric identification technology, known as the Omotenashi Platform after the Japanese term for hospitality, is being developed by Dai Nippon Printing Co. and Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC.
KDDI Corp. and SoftBank Corp. have set up a joint venture to promote the development of rural infrastructure for 5G ultrahigh-speed mobile communications services. The two mobile carriers will use the venture, 5G Japan Corp., to accelerate the establishment and sharing of the fifth-generation base stations in areas outside big cities and aim to make 5G services available nationwide within several years. The 50-50 venture was set up Wednesday with ¥500 million in capital, an announcement the same day said. KDDI and Softbank hope to pursue cost competitiveness through the collaboration as they face the challenge of securing profitability in rural areas with fewer customers while increasing the nationwide penetration of 5G services, which are currently limited to certain urban areas. Last year, the two companies started examining how much their partnership can help reduce costs and shorten construction time for 5G base stations in Asahikawa in Hokkaido, Narita in Chiba Prefecture, and Fukuyama in Hiroshima Prefecture.
YOKOHAMA – Eighteen hard disk drives discarded by the Kanagawa Prefectural Government that contained the personal information pertaining to an unspecified number of individuals have been sold in an internet auction, local government officials said Friday. The hard drives were sold online by an employee of a Tokyo-based information equipment recycling company, which was commissioned to scrap them, with nine of them retrieved by the prefecture, but nine others remain unaccounted for. The situation first came to light after a man who bought nine of them contacted the local government. Officials in the prefecture are now asking that anyone who may have unwittingly come into possession of the data not disclose any of the information. The information equipment company has been consulting with police and may file a criminal complaint against the employee, according to the prefecture.