11 Nov 2020

Ransomware Criminals Demand $11 Million From Video Game Giant Capcom

Japanese gaming giant Capcom has been hit with a ransomware attack, and the operators are requesting an $11 million payment. The company has been raking in millions, roughly $90 million in revenue in 2019, making it an appealing target. The company announced that the attack had resulted in some of

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14 Sep 2020

Yoshihide Suga picked by Japan’s governing party to succeed Shinzo Abe

Last month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation due to reasons of poor health. Japan’s governing party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has elected Yoshihide Suga as its nominee for a new leader to succeed Abe, which means that he is almost certain to hold the position. Suga

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08 Sep 2020

France, Japan, New Zealand warn of sudden spike in Emotet attacks

Over the past week, agencies in France, Japan, and New Zealand have produced independent security alerts due to a dramatic spike in Emotet malware attacks. The publications warn citizens that the attacks are targeting companies and government agencies through email spam campaigns. When the target receives the email and opens

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01 Sep 2020

Shinzo Abe’s Departure Throws Wrench Into U.S.-Japan Ties

Shinzo Abe, current Prime Minister of Japan who will soon step down due to health concerns, had formed close ties with US President Trump and former President Obama throughout his time in office, working to improve US-Japan relations. The loss of Abe in the international relations sphere could mean new

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17 Aug 2020

Japan’s Economy in Deep Hole After Second-Quarter Plunge

In Japan, Gross domestic product fell 7.8% in the second quarter of 2020 when compared to Q1, representing a deep recession that could prove difficult to recover from. The contraction was much sharper than the country’s previous financial crisis, which saw a 4.8% drop in 2009. Economists have claimed that

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31 Jul 2020

Japan Edges Toward Military Pre-emptive Strike Option

In Japan, ruling-party lawmakers are fighting for Japan’s military to have the ability to strike foreign missile launch sites in order to mitigate the threat posed by potential attacks from North Korea and China. The proposal was released on Friday on behalf of the Liberal Democratic Party’s defense policy committee.

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07 Jul 2020

Death toll from flooding in Japan rises to 50, dozen missing

 After a weekend of deadly rains beginning on Friday that expanded across several Japenese towns on Tuesday, at least 50 people have died and over a dozen remain missing. Japan’s southern region of Kyushu has experienced severe flooding as more rain is predicted to fall on the region in the

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26 Jun 2020

Japanese Firm Unveils Smart Face Mask That Connects To Phones

A Japanese startup has designed and released a new smart face mask that connects to phones, lets users make calls remotely, and can amplify the wearer’s voice in case they can’t be heard clearly through the mask. The mask can also send messages via speech. The company behind the new

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29 May 2020

Fortune 500 company NTT discloses security breach

On May 7, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) suffered from a security breach that exposed information on 621 customers from its communications subsidiary. The company is the 64th biggest in the world, according to the Fortune 500 list, and is the largest telecommunications company in Japan. NTT stated that they

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15 May 2020

Coronavirus: State of emergency lifted in most of Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has lifted the state of emergency in large areas of Japan that have dramatically decreased their rate of infection. The country’s current infection rate is one seventh of what it was at Japan’s peak. However Tokyo, Osaka and on the northern island of Hokkaido, remain in

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