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Japan to stiffen penalties for leaks

TOKYO -- Japan will impose tougher penalties for leaking company data to better protect proprietary technologies and corporate secrets, subjecting even failed attempts to criminal prosecution.

     Under the proposal, traces of attempts to steal information by sending email with virus-infected attachments or logging on to personal computers containing confidential data would be sufficient. Current law requires evidence of misuse of information to punish offenders.

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