A cyber-attacker suspected of stealing more than 3,000 documents from the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry looked for specific information through a keyword search, according to government sources.
It is feared that ministry information, including data from highly confidential documents, has fallen into foreign hands as a result of the cyber-attack.
Among the documents thought highly likely to have been compromised, more than 20 were related to negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. The documents were prepared before a summit meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in November 2011.
Traces of the attacker's actions indicate that his or her spying specifically targeted Japan's moves regarding the TPP.
Police in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today )
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com )
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )
The man under arrest for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night, told police on Thursday that he wanted to hijack a plane at Haneda airport and fly it into Tokyo Skytree to take revenge on society. (Japan Today )
The man lauded as "Japan's Beethoven," who has admitted he never wrote his compositions, appeared before cameras for the first time since the scandal surfaced - clean-shaven and minus his trademark sunglasses. (abcnews.go.com )