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.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police in November announced the bust of a studio for allowing photography of school girls in seductive poses. According to Shukan Jitsuwa (Dec. 19), the trade in illicit private photography is varied, with office ladies among those in the biz. (Tokyo Reporter)
Kanagawa prefectural police said Friday they have arrested four individuals in Ebina, in connection with a robbery case in which a pregnant woman on her way home was struck in the face and robbed of approximately 100,000 yen in cash. (Japan Today )
Yoko Ono says her own bitter experience in Japan during World War II inspired her to support WhyHunger's "Imagine There's No Hunger" campaign to fight childhood hunger around the world. (abcnews.go.com )