The number of requests by an oversight body for the deletion of online posts containing illegal information on 2channel, one of the nation's largest Internet forums, fell to 311 in the first half of 2012, down about 90 percent from 3,122 a year before, National Police Agency data showed Thursday.
The number of ads for illegal drugs decreased, while the site's operator removed more messages voluntarily, NPA officials said.
Of the 311 messages, including those on trade in third parties' bank account info and ads for banned drugs, 138, or 44.4 percent, were deleted by 2channel's operator after the requests.
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 )