Six police officers are taking part in a hacker competition, hoping to learn more about technology useful for combating cybercrime.
The National Police Agency officers joined the qualifying round that began Thursday in Yokohama for SECCON 2013, the nation's largest hacker competition. They are the first Japanese police officers to participate in such an event.
Their participation comes amid the heightened threat posed by hackers trying to steal corporate information and paralyze key infrastructure.
More than 1,000 seismic events had been recorded in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures by Thursday in the two weeks since a magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck southwestern Japan, while over 30,000 people remain evacuated from their homes. (Japan Today)
Japan has lodged a protest with Taiwan over a statement made by its president challenging Tokyo's claim to waters in the Pacific. Ma Ying-jeou described Japan's southernmost island as a rock around which it cannot claim an exclusive economic zone. (NHK)
A 28-year-old nursery school teacher who forced a 4-year-old boy to eat fried chicken covered with wasabi and recorded it on her smartphone, has received a suspended sentence from the Tokyo District Court. (Japan Today)