Industrial espionage still continuous despite the end of the cold war
The Japanese police have accused a high-ranking Russian trade official of buying confidential information about Toshiba Company, which can be implemented for military uses, from one of the workers in an electronics subsidiary company.
Yesterday, the police have committed the case to the public prosecutor to launch criminal investigation on it. An official in Tokyo police said that the suspects are a Russian, 35, who works in the office of the Soviet Union commercial attaché in Tokyo, and a Japanese employee, who works in Toshiba on the confidential semi-conductors technology. The latter was fired a week ago for leaking confidential information about the company products.
Kenji Adachi, company spokesman, said that the said employee is accused of
selling company secrets to Russian parties 9 times during the period from
September 2005 to May 2005, in return for the sum of one million yens
(approximately 8700 US dollars). The Japanese News Agency (Kyodo) said that the
man sold secrets regarding a type of semi-conductors technology, which can be
used in the radar of military submarines, fighter planes and rocket guiding
system. Kyodo said that the Russian agent has disguised as an Italian
businessman and persuaded the Japanese employee that he would use this
information in manufacturing mobile phones, digital cameras and electrical
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