Japan fears its becoming a base for hackers. [Daily Yomiuri On-Line] (4.29.98) To fill in legal loopholes that have caused an increase in unauthorized computer access, the National Police Agency has set up a group of experts to study how to prevent Internet crimes. [snip...] The Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center has been studying cases of unauthorized access through the Net, and found a total of 644 from the time of the center's establishment in October 1996 to last month. Meanwhile, police uncovered 101 high-tech crimes in 1997, three times as many as in the previous year. The NPA hopes to implement laws prohibiting and penalizing unauthorized access through the computer network.