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Ex-SoftBank employee arrested over alleged info leakage to Russia

SoftBank issued a statement on Jan. 25, saying a former employee Araki stole "task documentation" that was "low in confidentiality" which did not include information such as on customers or its business partners.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A former SoftBank Corp. employee was arrested Saturday for allegedly taking proprietary information from the major Japanese phone carrier, with police believing he provided it to officials at Russia's trade representation in Tokyo.

Yutaka Araki, 48, is suspected of obtaining the information from a computer server at SoftBank on Feb. 18 last year, in violation of Japan's unfair competition prevention law, the Tokyo police said.

Through the Foreign Ministry, the police requested that the Russian Embassy present two officials at the trade mission who are suspected of receiving the information.

Araki, a resident of Urayasu, near Tokyo, has admitted to the allegation, according to the police, who quoted him as saying he did it to earn a "little extra money."

Araki could have provided corporate secrets more than once to the Russian officials, according to the police.

SoftBank issued a statement saying he stole "task documentation" that was "low in confidentiality" which did not include information such as on customers or its business partners.

The Tokyo-based company said it has been fully cooperating with the investigation.

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