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Japanese police yesterday arrested a former computer programmer who allegedly knocked up a fake Yahoo! Japan news site, then posted an article on it entitled "Chinese Military Invades Okinawa" and accredited to the Kyodo News Agency. According to an apparently genuine Yahoo! report, the site attracted 66,000 hits until it was taken out of commission on 19 October.

Takahiro Yamamoto, 30, was cuffed on suspicion of "violating patent laws" following complaints to police by both Yahoo and Kyodo. The cops confiscated his computer and are analysing data therein. ®

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