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EDITORIAL: Online relationships a very one-sided thing
Most high school students and half of junior high school students in Japan own cellphones or smartphones, according to a government statistics. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
There must be many parents in Japan who lament the time their children spend on smartphones while they could be doing other things during the summer break.
Google's improved screening measures give rise to SEO-related...
The Asahi Shimbun
Search engine optimization (SEO) firms are the new must-have, promising to improve a company's website ranking, but many of their clientele are running afoul of Google Inc.'s...
Cyber-attacks on government networks top 5 million in FY13
Officials of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department conduct a drill as a preparation for cyber-attacks on the government in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Cyber-attacks and illegal access to government computer networks soared to 5.08 million cases in fiscal 2013, a fivefold increase from the previous year, according to the...
EDITORIAL: Powerful watchdog key to the protection of personal...
Ichita Yamamoto, state minister in charge of IT policies, speaks during a government panel meeting on IT strategies in Tokyo on June 9. (Eitaro Takeyama)
One major challenge facing today’s highly networked society is how to protect the privacy of individuals while making good use of the vast amount of personal information...
Agencies hit by cyber-attacks likely originating in China
Tokyo police officers conduct a drill a prevent cyber-attacks at a Metropolitan Police Department facility in the capital's Minato Ward in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than 30 government agencies and high-tech companies in Japan came under cyber-attacks that forced their computers to connect to a server with a domain name used in China,...
China intensifies cyberspace clampdown ahead of Tiananmen...
Chinese residents march in Tokyo’s Toshima Ward on June 1, calling for democracy in China and pursuing responsibility of those behind the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. (Tamiyuki Kihara)
BEIJING--With the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown approaching, Chinese authorities are taking no chances when it comes to freedom of speech.
SILENCED CITIZENS: ‘Seven taboos’ symbolize tighter censorship ...
Zhang Xuezhong during a recent interview in Shanghai (Kim Soon-hi)
Editor’s note: This is the third article in a series on freedom of speech and Internet censorship in China.
SILENCED CITIZENS: China detains bloggers in escalating Internet...
Zhang Guanghong, a former company employee and blogger in Guangzhou in China, was detained by authorities for a week for his messages on the Internet. (Kentaro Koyama)
Editor's note: This is the first article in a series on freedom of speech and Internet censorship in China.
Insults against anti-base protesters nearing ‘hate speech’...
A JR Osaka Station worker stands near Masako Omori as she protests the planned relocation of the U.S. Futenma air station to a site within Okinawa Prefecture. (Seinosuke Iwasaki)
A 69-year-old elderly protester used a hand-held microphone to blare her criticism against the U.S. military presence in Okinawa Prefecture, drawing cheers from supporters in...
Man busted for possessing handguns made with 3-D printer
The Asahi Shimbun
A man who has admitted to making handguns with a three-dimensional printer has been arrested on suspicion of violating the Swords and Firearms Control Law, in Japan’s first...
Japan looks to criminalize 'revenge porn' as teen victims increase
The Asahi Shimbun
Charmed by a stranger’s online persona, a 19-year-old woman in Tokyo had no qualms about sending pictures of her face to the seemingly normal man. His requests escalated, and ...
'Kancolle' warships as cute girls create online sensation
In "Kantai Collection," Japanese naval warships are depicted as cute girls. ((c) 2014 DMM.com/ KADOKAWA GAMES All Rights Reserved.)
Cute "moe" characters have long been a major trend in anime and video games in Japan, and the latest craze is the free online card game "Kantai Collection," which features...
Japanese companies set up IT businesses in Vietnam
Vietnamese employees develop websites in Japanese at Evolable Asia in Ho Chi Minh City. (Akihiro Nishiyama)
HO CHI MINH CITY--As the Vietnamese government invests in information technology education, the country's rapidly growing pool of talent is attracting notice from Japanese...
Corporate users crowd police websites for names of arrested...
This website operated by the Fukuoka prefectural police department offers the names of arrested gangsters.
Seeking to sever business ties with gangsters, companies are increasingly using police websites that offer the real names of arrested crime syndicate members.
Japan holds first broad cyber-security drill, frets over Olympics...
Officials at the Tokyo-based Internet security firm LAC Co. patrol cyberspace in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan faced a full-on cyber attack across government departments on March 18 in a drill aimed at bolstering national security as the country gears up to host the 2020 Olympics.
Riken considers withdrawal of breakthrough STAP cell reports
Teruhiko Wakayama, a University of Yamanashi professor, speaks to reporters at the university in Kofu on March 10. (Ryo Suganuma)
The Riken national research institute is considering withdrawing two scientific reports that were acclaimed as a major breakthrough in stem cell research over discrepancies...
China's security commission targets Western values, other...
Chinese President Xi Jinping, foreground, and Premier Li Keqiang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China’s new national security commission will focus on thwarting “unconventional” threats against the Communist Party’s rule, such as terrorism and the...
China cracks down on its 'sex capital'
Chinese policemen detain a group of suspects during an anti-prostitution raid at a hotel in Dongguan in south China's Guangdong province on Feb. 9. The crackdown by authorities on prostitution in a southern city has been met by criticism online, suggesting attitudes toward the industry are slowing changing.  (AP Photo)
BEIJING--A state TV expose on prostitution in China's "sex capital" and an ensuing, much-publicized police crackdown has drawn criticism from the public, who expressed sympathy ...
KDDI speeds up process of detecting and hiding online personal info
A Nagasaki prefectural government official checks online postings for content on networking websites. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KDDI R&D Laboratories has developed a system that it says offers much better protection against personal information from being distributed on social media and other...
China orders real name register for online video uploads
A Chinese blogger uses the Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblogging service on Sina.com. (AP file photo)
BEIJING--Chinese Internet users are now required to register their real names to upload videos to Chinese online video sites, an official body said, as the Communist Party...