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  • Budget for FY99 Cyber Police Work Rises Sharply
  • January 19, 1999 (TOKYO) — The budget of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for fighting high-technology crimes involving computer systems is rising sharply.
    Its budget is slated to increase from 60 million yen (US$532,000) in fiscal 1998 to 1,953 million yen (US$17.3 million) in fiscal 1999. The draft of a fiscal 1999 budget was recently approved in a cabinet meeting.

    The funds will be used for providing the MPD with communications equipment and for other uses to enhance the “cyber police concept” put forth by the MPD.

    In the draft budget, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), was allocated about 500 million yen (US$4.4 million) for “research and development for tracking technology to be used against illegal computer access” and about 300 million yen for a “feasibility test for Internet home service for postal savings.”

    The Ministry of International Trade and Industry was given its first allocation of funds for a “business to cope with the Year 2000 Problem” for supporting small and midsize enterprises. The budget is 650 million yen (US$5.76 million) for fiscal 1999, which starts in April.

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    ¥ Gov’t Economic Stimulus Package to Upgrade Telecom Network

    (Nikkei PersonalComputing)



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