I *believe* that in Japan a lot of electronic information available to
the police is also "available" informally to private detectives, and
hence to anyone with a bit of cash. Like a spouse. Or mistress/lover.
Or an employer.
This isn't based on hard evidence, just a lot of "soft evidence" based
on what in-laws and ex-in-laws have told me (3 marriages is LOTS of
in-laws....) One was looking to do some collection of 10 months rent -
and was passed on to a gentleman with the words - "yes it's true he is
a Yak, but his cousin is a policeman and he has good contacts in the
It varies from prefecture to prefecture of course. Possibly Tokyo is
I have heard quite enough about Felica to be put off it entirely.
On Mar 1, 2005, at 5:56 PM, Curt Sampson wrote:
A lot of companies keep data almost seemingly because it's cheap to
keep. As well, police or other agencies may request that the data are
kept for quite some time. If you're arrested in New York, for example,
one of the first things the police will do is take your Metrocard and
use it to find out where you've been travelling since you bought the
Received on Tue Mar 1 11:59:07 2005