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.
Japan has been stung by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister - whose predecessor resigned over allegations of misspending - admitted that his staff had spent office money at a sex bar. (The Guardian)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)