In the press review of this Friday, September 18, we will discuss: The first case of coronavirus in the government, the arrests following the scams of the company “Japan Life”, and finally the loopholes in Japanese cybersecurity.
First case of infection in government
The lower house secretariat said today that a member of the House of Representatives has tested positive for coronavirus and has been admitted to hospital. This 59-year-old senior lawmaker would have been alerted by his fever and would have attended the elections for the new Prime Minister last Wednesday where he would have notably greeted Shinzô Abe. This Friday in Tokyo, there are 220 new positive cases for covid-19. It has been almost a week since the number of infected people exceeded 200. The total number of confirmed cases in the capital is now 23,828.
Scams and arrests of “Japan Life”
Tokyo police today arrested 14 people on suspicion of being involved in the “Japan Life” case, a fraudulent commercial enterprise that specialized in the resale of health equipment. The company’s modus operandi was to influence elderly people to invest in magnetotherapy devices representing large sums. They reportedly assured potential investors that they would earn high annual dividends if they rented out the units, failing to convey to them that the company was bankrupt and had heavy debt. Nearly 7,000 people are said to have entered into contracts at a loss.
Cybersecurity in Japan
The global pandemic has driven consumers to digital use, revealing big loopholes in Japanese digital security systems. After the series of bank account thefts via NTT Docomo, it was revealed to public opinion a certain increase in cyber attacks in the Archipelago. Prime Minister Suga intends by the Olympic Games next year to create a government entity called “Digital Agency” in the direction of technological innovation.