JAPAN - The Justice Ministry plans to send a prosecutor to online search giant Yahoo Japan Corp. for training starting in mid-October, with the aim of fostering its capability for handling cybercrime cases.
It will be the first time that the Public Prosecutors Office has dispatched its personnel to an IT-related firm since the system to send prosecutors to private companies for training was launched in fiscal 2002.
A prosecutor in charge of cybercrimes in the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's criminal investigation division will train at Yahoo for four months.
He is expected to participate in the management of the Yahoo search website, as well as news distribution, according to Yahoo.
Based on lessons learned from criminal cases involving the remote control of personal computers by third parties that resulted in wrongful arrests, the office has turned its focus to information system training for young prosecutors to help them acquire IT-related knowledge by such measures as inviting IT specialists to lecture.
"Prosecutors can gain significant experience at a specialised company during an extended period, as opposed to brief training," a senior official at the prosecutors office said.
The private sector training system for prosecutors was adopted after a case came to light in 2001 involving a leak of investigative information by a former deputy chief prosecutor at the Fukuoka District Public Prosecutors Office.
As of last fiscal year, 50 prosecutors had been dispatched for training to organisations involved in public-interest activities such as victim support or to private firms, including automakers and department stores.