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Japan sees big jump in cybercrime

Crimes in Japan involving the Internet jumped nearly 60 percent in the first half of 
2001 from a year earlier, says the National Police Agency
Of the 319 crime cases logged, 46 involved buying sex with minors compared with just 
one in the same period last year.

Internet scams including swindling cash via online transactions more than doubled to 
53, with the majority involving online auctions, Kyodo news agency quoted the NPA as 

Other Internet-related crimes investigated by the police included 55 possible 
violations of child-pornography laws, 18 libel cases and 10 copyright violations. 


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