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Japanese cops arrest their first ransomware-slinging menace – er, a 14-year-old school boy

Japanese cops have, for the first time ever, arrested a ransomware maker – a teenage tearaway. The 14-year-old from Osaka Prefecture in western Japan was collared on June 5 after police tracked him down as the suspected creator of home-grown ransomware that was being spammed out on social media and hosted on an overseas …
Iain Thomson, 6 Jun 2017
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Bitcoin exchange Coinbase crashes after Asian buying frenzy

Over the past couple of weeks, the price of Bitcoin has gone up 50 per cent, spiking at over $2,700 per unit on Thursday. Demand has been so great that popular exchange Coinbase has been unable to keep up. "Coinbase has experienced unprecedented traffic and trading volume this week," the exchange warned. "As a result, …
Iain Thomson, 26 May 2017

Japan (lightly) regulates high-frequency algorithmic trading

Japan has decided it's high time it got a grip on just who is conducting high-frequency algorithmic trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The nation last week passed amendments to its Financial Instruments and Exchange Act requiring high-frequency traders to register with regulators and provide evidence of robust risk …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2017
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Japanese researchers spin up toilet paper gyroscopes for science

Japanese boffins have measured the spin-speed of toilet rolls to work out who's on the loo. The idea, apparently, is that because a throne is a good place to collect health monitoring data, the researchers wanted a reasonably non-invasive ID technique. One that wouldn't get bogged down in the obvious privacy issues of trying …

BOAR-ZILLA stalks Fukushima's dead zone

Radioactive wild boars have become a problem in the evacuation zone around Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant. Reuters reports that as some of the towns near Fukushima re-open, those paving the way for returning residents often see boars strolling the streets. The newswire says some boars have even attacked humans, leading to …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2017
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Japan's terrifying techno-toilets will be made foreigner friendly, vow makers

Japan’s electronic toilet-makers have vowed to clean up the baffling symbols on their techno-khazis so anyone can crimp one off in the Land of the Rising Sun “with peace of mind”. Kitamura Yen of the Japan Rest Room Industry Association said, in a statement on that august organisation’s website, that the industry had decided …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Jan 2017
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Speaking in Tech: Japan launches rocket with 2 laptops, 8 people

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's weekly tech gabfest. Greg is wasting away in Amsterdam while Ed, Melissa and Peter steer the podcast this week to discuss CES 2017, SpaceX and cloud explosions. (00:00) Banter (00:56) Peter at CES (not really) and stolen Razer laptops ( …
Team Register, 18 Jan 2017
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Japan investigating defence network break-in

Japanese defence officials are investigating a reported penetration of the country's high-speed Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) network. The attacks, which Bloomberg attributes to a possible state-based actor, took place in September but have only now come to light. The DII network is shared by the country's Defence …

Japanese cops arrest serial 'foot licker'

A man from Kyoto in Japan has been arrested for nibbling a young woman's foot. Since 2012, Kyoto has been plagued by the perpetrator of a series of criminal acts of podophilia whom cops had dubbed "the foot licker". Back in July, Akira Nishiyama, 56, allegedly lured a woman in her twenties into the driver's seat of his car to …
Clodagh Doyle, 9 Nov 2016
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Apple's tax bill: Big in Japan. Like, $120m big

Apple has again been hit with a relatively small bill for skirting tax laws, this time in Japan. A report from national broadcaster NHK World claims that the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau has told Apple to cough up $120m (12.3bn Yen) to cover back taxes that the Cupertino giant failed to pay. The report notes that Apple has …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2016
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Japan's Brexit warning casts shadow over Softbank ARM promises

Japan fired a shot across Britain's bows at the G20 yesterday, publishing a “message to the United Kingdom” warning that Japanese companies might relocate their head offices out of the UK if Brexit trade negotiations with the EU don't favour them. The 15-page document, couched in the clipped yet polite prose of international …

Brexit must not break the cloud, Japan tells UK and EU

Japan's foreign ministry has taken the unusual step of publishing a very public Message to the United Kingdom and the European Union (PDF) in which it outlines how it wants Brexit to happen in order to protect the substantial investments its businesses have made in Europe and especially in the United Kingdom. The document …
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Fun fact of the day: Network routers are illegal in Japan

There's no doubt that the internet has caused massive shakeups in laws across the globe, but in Japan the law has an unusual kink: internet routers are technically illegal. Except they're not. Because under a very Japanese rule, the ability of electronic equipment to read a packet header both violates the law and "seems not …

NASA firms up Space Launch System nanosat manifest

NASA has announced three more CubeSats which will travel on the first mission of the Space Launch System (SLS), slated for lift-off in 2018. A total of 13 CubeSat berths are available aboard Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), which is primarily intended to dispatch an Orion capsule "to a stable orbit beyond the moon to …
Lester Haines, 27 May 2016
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Japan on Olympic hacking mission to test utilities, trains, telcos

Japan will from next year conduct mock hacking exercises with governments including the United States and private sector organisations ahead of the 2020 Olympic games. The effort will be run out of a new penetration testing arm to be created in 2017 charged with identifying vulnerabilities in physical control systems that …
Darren Pauli, 20 May 2016

Japanese artist fined for virtual vagina files

Artist Megumi Igarashi - aka "Rokudenashi-ko" - has been fined ¥400,000 (roughly £2,560) for distributing 3D printable files of her genitalia - an offence under Japan's obscenity laws which prohibit the depiction of reproductive parts. Igarashi was cuffed back in July 2014 for supplying virtual ladyparts via email to a "30- …
Lester Haines, 9 May 2016
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Druva fills luggage with cash, heads to Japan

Startup Druva has taken in fresh funding to pay for expansion into Japan. The company's InSync products protect corporate end-points – notebooks and the like – and it has lately expanded to protect cloud apps. It has set up a subsidiary in Japan, building on existing reseller and MSP deals, and opened an office in Tokyo. NTT …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016
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Killer Japan quake jolts Sony factories to a halt

Sony says that it will be resuming production at several of its largest Japan manufacturing facilities following a series of devastating earthquakes in the region, though some other factories remain offline. The Japanese electronics giant said that its Kumamoto Technology Center semiconductor manufacturing plant has been …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2016

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