A Message from the Mie Prefectural Police: Protecting Yourself from Cyber Crime


2014/03/05 Wednesday Highlights, Security

A Message from the Mie Prefectural Police: Protecting Yourself from Cyber Crime

 Avoid becoming the victim of online banking fraud

Online banking fraud involves an individual gaining access to your online banking account and transferring funds to a different account. This type of fraud has become more and more common across the country. In 2012, victims of online banking fraud lost a total of approximately 50 million yen. In 2013, that figure jumped to a record high of over 1.4 billion yen, making this an increasingly serious issue. In Mie, there have been 21 cases of online banking fraud, resulting in a total loss of over 25 million yen.

Recently, online banking fraud is mostly conducted through “fishing sites” and malware. These methods lead individuals to a fake login screen that records the information entered. Scammers then use the personal information obtained through the fake login screen to gain access to the individual’s account and transfer funds.

To avoid becoming the victim of online banking fraud, keep the following in mind.cyberattack internet japan

○ Do not open files or click weblinks attached to messages from suspicious or unfamiliar email addresses.

○ If you are prompted for your personal information after logging into your bank’s online banking site, or are asked to provide your login information for testing or security purposes, do not enter any personal information and contact your financial institution immediately.

○ Only use online banking software provided by your financial institution

○ Use temporary passwords or one-time passwords provided by your financial institution, when applicable.

○ When requesting a one-time password, arrange to have the password sent to your mobile phone, not your email address.

Security measures for smartphone users

Smartphones have become increasingly common in a relatively short period of time, and are now an indispensable way of accessing the internet. Smartphones are convenient, but expose users to risk when used carelessly. There are applications used by scammers that can gain administrator access to your smartphone and send information to third parties.

Smartphone users should keep the following in mind.

○ smartphone-icon1As with your computer, be sure to take security measures and use the newest versions of operating systems and applications.

○ Do not modify your smartphone

○ Only purchase applications from trustworthy sites.

○ Research the developer of an application before downloading.

○ Check the privacy and access settings of an application after installing.

Other tips

There is a great deal of illegal and harmful content on the internet. To avoid exposing yourself to risk on the internet, do not post personal information, malicious content or offensive material on social networking websites or online forums.

Also, photos taken with mobile phones and smartphones may have GPS information attached to them, depending on your phone settings. This reveals the location where the picture was taken and, depending on where you are when the photo is taken, may reveal the location of your residence. To protect your privacy and the privacy of others, please think carefully before uploading these pictures to the internet.

Please keep the aforementioned in mind to avoid becoming the victim of internet crime.


Graduating Middle School and High School and Continuing into Higher Education

2014/03/05 Wednesday Highlights, Security

[教育シリーズ⑦] 中学校・高校卒業後の進路

There are several routes available to students after they graduate from a Japanese middle or high school. Some students choose to look for work, while others continue on into higher education.

In this video we will be introducing the choices available to students continuing into higher education. You can choose your path based on your own strengths and interests.


University and Junior College

Like schools, university and junior colleges can be national, public or private. In some regions there are also universities founded by companies. Courses at universities take four years to complete, while the courses at junior colleges require only two years of study.

japan - universityTo enter a university or junior college you need to pass the entrance exam set by each individual institution. There are also universities who have recommendation-based admission systems. Each university will also have different qualifications they require from applicants and different school fees. You should enquire with each university about their specific requirements.

The following are the basic requirements necessary to sit a university or junior college entrance exam. If you meet one of the criteria below then you are eligible to sit the exams:

  •  If you have graduated from a high school in Japan or abroad
  •  If you have passed the Japanese high-school equivalency examination
  •  If you have an International Baccalaureate Certificate and will be of 18 years of age upon the commencement of the school year on April 1st


Specialized Training School

A specialized training school is a vocational school where students are equipped with the knowledge and technical skills to pursue a particular profession upon graduation. There are different types of courses for specialized training schools, such as Upper Secondary courses for students who are the equivalent of middle school graduate level, and Specialized Technical Training courses, for students who are the equivalent of high-school graduate level.  Depending on the course you take, studying at these schools can take from one to four years.

While theory is emphasized at university and junior college, the emphasis at vocational schools is on the practical, with lessons concentrating on hands-on expertise. The subjects you can study at a vocational school are varied to reflect the needs of modern society, with content including manufacturing, agriculture, medicine, health and hygiene, education, social welfare, commerce and business, fashion, home economics, culture and education.

Specialized High School

Specialized high schools are generally referred to as kousen in Japanese and offer training in engineering. Their courses last for five years (or five years and six months in the case of maritime technology colleges). Graduates of middle school (or those who have achieved the same or higher education level) can enter a specialized high school, and graduates of a high school can transfer into a specialized high school.

In order to enter one of these schools, you must pass the entrance exams held every year in January and February. Admission practices vary between schools so be sure to enquire directly to the school you are interested in for more detailed information.

Business Skill Development School

The Mie Prefectural Tsu Advanced Vocational Technical Training School is a business skill development school which aims to equip its students with the knowledge and skills required to enter manufacturing businesses and achieve professional qualifications.

japan - professional schoolIts regular courses last two years and are open to any high school graduate under the age of 35.

The school’s short-term courses last between six months to a year. There are many different types of short-term courses, including courses for foreign residents, for unemployed workers or for people looking to change jobs.

For more information please visit the school’s homepage: http://www.tcp-ip.or.jp/~tsutech/index.html)


Most schools operate open campus days and school seminars where you can learn more about what the school offers. These will be useful when deciding what you want to do next, and we recommend you attend as many as possible. There are also many other ways to learn new skills which were not introduced in this video. We also recommend talking to your teachers or parent or guardian when making your decision. This is your chance to make your dream for the future a reality through higher education.

This video is based on material from CLAIR’s  “Multilingual Living Information (http://www.clair.or.jp/tagengo/)” and others materials.